Political Issues, Theories and Concepts

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Issues, Theories and Concepts

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This module is important since it aims to provide the student with a critical understanding of basic political issues, concepts and theories ? creating a foundation upon which the knowledge obtained can be applied in all other political studies modules.

    On completion of this module, the students are expected to be able to:

    • describe basic concepts that facilitate interpretation of political issues and events;
    • critically explain relevant issues, concepts and theories of political studies;
    • observe manifestations of issues in broader society and in the political arena.

    This module compromises various units which focus on the basic political concepts and theories that facilitate interpretation of political issues and events in broader society and specifically in the contemporary political arena, namely:

    • the nature of politics and the concepts of politics, power authority and legitimacy;
    • the nature and classifications of political systems: democracy and authoritarianism;
    • political leadership and democratic governance;
    • constitutions and constitutionalism; and
    • ideologies and emerging trends in the current world order


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