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Master History of Political Thought and Intellectual History

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  • Entry requirements
    An upper-second class first degree within the broad field of the Humanities (or overseas equivalent). We actively encourage applications from students who have developed an interest in any aspect of the history of political thought, intellectual history, or the history of philosophy.
  • Academic Title
    MA History of Political Thought and Intellectual History
  • Course description
    One year full-time, two years part-time

    Course description

    (University of London Intercollegiate Masters Programme)

    This MA is an intercollegiate programme, which draws on the expertise of academic staff in the fields of the history of political thought and intellectual history from across the Colleges and Institutes of the University of London. The MA Programme as a whole offers advanced training in intellectual history, the history of political thought and the history of philosophy, spanning the period from the ancient world to the twenty-first century. It also provides students with essential grounding in the various methods and approaches associated with the study of the history of thought developed over the past quarter-century in Europe and the United States.

    Programme outline

    The MA consists of the core module: Method and Practice in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History, a selection of modules chosen from the below, and an individually supervised dissertation.

    Below is a typical sample of modules that may be offered in a given year:

        * Democracy: Ancient and Modern, Richard Bourke (Queen Mary)
        * Ideology and Propaganda in the Roman Republic, Valentina Arena (UCL)
        * Political Thought in Renaissance Europe, Angus Gowland (UCL)
        * Hobbes' Politics in Context, Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary)
        * The Theory and Practice of Golden Age Kingship, Alexander Samson (UCL)
        * Political Thought in the British Atlantic World, c 1660–1801, Ian McBride (KCL)
        * The Public and its Spheres in Britain, 1476 – 1800, Jason Peacey (UCL)
        * Religion, Science and Production of Knowledge, Adam Sutcliffe (KCL)
        * Infamous Writings: Controversies and Receptions in the History of Political Thought in Early Modern Europe, Peter Schroeder (UCL)
        * Nationalism, Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism in Political Thought, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Georgios Varouxakis (Queen Mary)
        * Republicanism and Liberalism: Historical and Analytical Perspectives, Cecile Laborde (UCL)
        * Languages of politics: Italy 1250-1500, Serena Ferente (KCL)
        * Crisis and Future in Nineteeth-Century European Thought, Axel Korner (UCL)


    Modules are assessed by coursework, examination and a dissertation.

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