Introduction to Methods in Politics
This unit will introduce you to different political processes and institutions, and will review the key research methods appropriate to comparative politics. The course will help you to identify appropriate approaches to data interpretation and presentation, and provides an opportunity to develop your own case study.
Society and Community: An introduction
This unit develops your understanding of principles of social policy and concepts of social justice, social exclusion, difference and diversity, by using UK-based policy case studies and looking at future challenges for the state and its citizens.
Developments in Politics I
This unit explores contemporary political developments in Britain, Europe and the wider world. Content will vary from year to year and can include: post-war British politics, the organisation of the European Union and its impact on the member states citizens; Global democratic transitions world-wide, and contemporary democratic structures.
Introduction to Political Ideologies
This unit introduces you to the main contemporary political ideologies and contested concepts such as feminism, ecologism, human rights and terrorism.
What is it for an action to be right or wrong, and why should I be moral in the first place? This unit introduces and critically explains the central issues in theoretical ethics in order to enable you to evaluate the arguments, positions, and theories that underpin these questions, and develop your own metaethical position. Throughout, emphasis is placed on developing the critical, analytical and conceptual skills needed to comprehend the complexity of ethical debates in the modern world and to engage with them.
Introduction to Classical Philosophy
Classical philosophy posed some of the fundamental questions of philosophy, questions about what it is to be human, what attitude we should have towards life and death, what is true and what is real. This unit will introduce you to these questions and, by examining the distinctive way in which they are posed in the works of the classical philosophers, it will help you to develop the ability to philosophise in response to them.
Introduction to Modern Philosophy
This unit will look at some of the key arguments of early modern philosophers about such issues as the nature of the mind and what it can know with certainty, the relation between the mind and the world, and what nature is. Through a close engagement with the writings of some of these philosophers, it will encourage you to think critically about our view of ourselves and our relation to the world.
You will study the rich tradition of Existentialism, which has asked what it means to exist authentically as an embodied, gendered being in an absurd universe. While looking at the earlier existentialists, the unit will concentrate on a close engagement with the writings of some of the most influential 20th century existentialists such as Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, and Jean-Paul Sartre.