Contemporary Political Issues: Theory and Practice
This unit allows you to engage with current academic debates and contemporary political developments and demonstrates a strong commitment to examining theoretical positions through the exploration of contrasting academic approaches. You will examine and apply diverse theoretical and methodological approaches and as a result develop the most advanced analytical skills needed for future employment prospects.
With unique content for each degree route, example case studies include; examining the role of positivistic behaviouralism in British social policy; the role of new media both in terms of empirical questions and theoretical examination of the consequences; examining the electoral success of new political parties and movements; the rise of new global powers from BRICS to MINTS economics and ideology; new military methods and human rights statistical and normative questions; understanding evolving radicalism (linked to specific area studies).
Political Theory since 1918
This unit will consider the thought of leading political thinkers since the First World War, focusing on Hannah Arendt, Carl Schmitt, Pierre Bourdieu and Michel Foucault. The unit explores issues such as how to define the political (Arendt and Schmitt), forms of capital (Bourdieu) and the nature of social control via disciplining techniques (Foucault).
This unit enables you to complete an extended piece of work which develops your research skills and ability to analyse academic sources and empirical findings in an area of your own choosing.
The EU in Turmoil
The unit examines both internal and external contexts of European Integration. It is aimed to answer the following questions: what is the EU? How the decisions are made? What are the consequences of these decisions for the future development of European integration? What are the main internal and external policies of the EU? Among other things the unit examines the EU's response to such issues as global terrorism, climate change, financial crisis, immigration etc.
Contemporary Politics in the Middle East and North Africa
Political legacies of colonialism in the Middle East and North Africa, the concept of `Unity' and `Diversity' in Islam, political Islam and its influence in current politics, relations between the Islamic World and the West, in particular in relation to recent conflicts, enabling students to consider significant issues about unity and diversity, whilst gaining knowledge of major current events, and learning how to assess their validity.
The US and The Middle East
The unit examines US policy toward the Middle East since the end of the Cold War. After establishing the background, in the form of American relations with the region during the Cold War, the unit will focus on the following issues: US policy toward Iraq; US policy toward Iran; US policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; The War on Terror and US policy toward al-Qaeda and ISIS; the US and the Arab Spring and US policy toward the Syrian conflict.
Latin American Politics
This unit offers both a historical background to, and analysis of, contemporary Latin American politics. The unit is in 2 sections -the first offers discussion of the institutions, processes and key factors which influence Latin American politics and the second offers in-depth analysis of individual Latin American countries.
Britain and World Politics since 1918: Aspects of British Foreign Policy
This unit focuses upon Britain's role in world politics to the present day. Topics examined include Britain and the Spanish Civil War, Britain and Palestine, Indian independence and the unwinding of empire, Britain and Europe, Anglo-American relations, British policy towards the Bosnian War, Blair’s foreign policy (Iraq and Afghanistan), the Arab Spring and the morality of humanitarian intervention in the Twenty First Century.
The unit aims to explore the political environment within which the British educational system functions. It will critically examine a number of issues which have affected the development of education policy in the UK since the early 1960s.
What's Going On? African-American Politics, Music and Culture
This unit focuses on the politics of the African-American community in the latter half of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It examines these politics especially as they have been mediated by various forms of cultural production: books, films and popular music. As well as standard teaching methods, students will be presented with film, video, and audio material.