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.
BRICS: Emerging Powers in International Affairs
Develop your theoretical and empirical knowledge to understand and comparatively examine the challenges facing the five emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in the shifting power structures of international affairs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Contemporary House of Commons
Study the functions of the UK House of Commons and how they are shaped by the changes in the political environment. Having looked at what MPs do collectively, the module concludes by looking at what members do individually, primarily as constituency representatives.
Examine the role of legislatures and their functions, looking at how they fit within particular systems of government. You'll explore case studies such as the Westminster model, the US Congress, the Brazilian, German, South African and Chinese parliaments and the European Parliament.
Contemporary Political Philosophy
How should we reason about justice, equality, liberty and democracy? You will explore ways of thinking about these topics through critical readings of leading contemporary political philosophers.
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.
Parliament in the UK: Approaches to Reform
Study the UK Parliament in the context of constitutional change, both actual and proposed. Examine the work of the House of Lords and the consequences of incremental change within Parliament. Explore electoral reform, pressure for a Bill of Rights, devolution, referendums and membership of 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.