Study the fascinating relationship between ideas, the people who promote them, and political practice. From Plato, to Machiavelli, Gentile, Heidegger, Schmitt, and Strauss; explore just how influential and dangerous ideas can be.
This module enables you to undertake independent research on a question of your choice. Working with an academic across your final semester, you will write a 6,000-word dissertation.
Gender, Science and Knowledge
This module provides a critical overview of the different ways of theorising the relationship between gender, science, and knowledge. It explores the concepts of objectivity, rationality and nature within scientific thinking by focusing on the gendered nature of knowledge, as well as providing opportunities to reflect critically on the idea that science is a cultural product, which is nonetheless factual.
Critics of Capitalism
In this module, you study some of the most important critics of politics and the economy in capitalist societies. You'll explore issues such as capitalist oppression, the nature of work, the corruption of music and art by 'big business', vanity and alienation, exploitation, and capitalism's alleged continuing imperialist machinations, as well as exploring alternatives to capitalism.
UK Politics in an Age of Austerity and Brexit
Explore the most important contemporary political debates about economic, social and political renewal. You'll cover topics such as: Brexit, austerity, reform of the National Health Service, the future of the welfare state, foreign policy, constitutional reform and the politics of the two major UK political parties.
Conflicts in British Culture
Who are the British and what do they believe in? How can they coexist peaceably? This module explores the key conflicts in British culture, including free speech, gay marriage, feminism, transgenderism, Brexit, multi-culturalism, abortion and the role of the university. It is not for the faint-hearted!
Democracy and Legitimacy in the European Union
This module focuses on the theoretical and empirical context in which democracy and legitimacy have become existential challenges for the European Union.
Germany in the New Europe
This module assesses the reunified Germany and its role in the new Europe. You will learn about the Federal Republic of Germany's core political actors (e.g. political parties and the government), and its main policies (e.g. economic, immigration, environmental, European Union and foreign policies). You will consider whether liberal democracy has been firmly established in Germany.
Detection, Depiction, Deception
Explore the theories of the nature of photography and photographic images, centred on the contested idea that photographs have a special relation to reality. You will independently research photographic images found in various contexts. These include photo-journalism, camera phones, social media, forensic evidence, art galleries, museums, advertising and fashion photography.
Politics of the Environment
Analyse attitudes towards the environment and the politics of the environmental movement, pressure groups, political parties, states, the EU and international organisations.
You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.