Critical Perspectives In Politics

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Critical Perspectives In Politics

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    International Relations, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Substantial prior successful study of politics/IR at university level.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Course Content:

    This module enables students to undertake detailed, specialised studies of radical and
    critical perspectives on traditional political concepts and themes such as power,
    representation, freedom, and political action and agency.

    Using a mixture of theoretical, historical, and empirical analysis, students will be
    encouraged to question and challenge dominant narratives concerning political
    institutions and actors and to investigate the relationships between individuals, the state,
    corporations, and mass political movements. Although this is a politics module, the
    theories used will draw upon a range of disciplines, including history, sociology, political
    economy, and critical anthropology.

    This is a flexible module in which students choose two of the following streams
    (dependent on staff availability):
    ? Marx?s political thought and its development after his death
    ? Gender politics and theory, feminisms, masculinisms, and queer theory
    ? Corporate crime, state repression, and human rights violations
    ? Theories of freedom, power, autonomy, and culture

    Teaching: Lectures and seminars.

    Two essays or portfolios of 2,000 word each.
    An essay or portfolio of 2000 words (tbc)
    STUDY OPTION 3: An essay or portfolio of 2000 words (tbc)

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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