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Module Code - Title:

PO4067 - STUDIES IN POLITICAL THOUGHT

Year Last Offered:

2021/2

Hours Per Week:

Lecture

2

Lab

0

Tutorial

1

Other

0

Private

7

Credits

6

Grading Type:

N

Prerequisite Modules:

PO4022

Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

To build on the knowledge gained during earlier modules, especially PO4022 Modern European Political Thought, by exploring the writings of a number of key political thinkers in more depth. This module will be an option in the fourth year, and is intended for those interested in exploring political theory themes in more depth. The class will follow a seminar format.

Syllabus:

The relationship between political action and political philosophy, with particular reference to questions of freedom and virtue, explored through the thought of Plato, Machiavelli, and Foucault; the political thought of Plato as a foundation for Western philosophy; the politics of Machiavelli and his influence on the development of humanism and republicanism; Michel Foucault and the relationship between truth and power.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

1. Describe the contributions to political theory made by the authors and texts studied. 2. Critically evaluate, though the close reading of texts, key contributions to political thought. 3. Interpret key ideas and texts in terms of the intellectual and historical context in which they were developed. 4. Compare the approaches of different authors to similar political issues and problems. 5. Summarise complex philosophical arguments with accuracy and clarity. 6. Discuss the relevance of philosophical reasoning about politics to the understanding of contemporary world.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to political theory

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

none

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

Seminars

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Wootton, D. (ed.) (1996) Modern Political Thought: Readings from Machiavelli to Nietzsche , Hackett

Other Relevant Texts:

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

Semester - Year to be First Offered:

Spring

Module Leader:

Brian.Milstein@ul.ie