European Political Thought: Part 2

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    European Political Thought: Part 2

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, International Politics, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Study abroad entry requirement: You must be a History/Politics major with a cumulative GPA of 3.3. This module is ONLY open to semester two only students. Full year students must take the full year version of this module.

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

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

    The process of European integration raises deep issues for political theory because it subverts traditional conceptions of democracy, justice and citizenship and forcing a reassessment of the complex intellectual legacy inherited by Europeans. The module aims to equip students with the historical and analytical tools to reflect on such questions. It traces the intellectual roots of contemporary political traditions and debates by offering a historically sensitive approach, combining close reading of selected texts and and analysis of the political context in which they appear.
    The first part of the module (term 1) is devoted to the emergence of the modern notion of citizenship in the context of natural law theories, from 17th century English liberalism (Locke, Hobbes) to Kant. The second examines the way liberalism was challenged in the 19th and early 20th century by the emergence of social philosophy (Hegel), socialist ideas (Marx, Gramsci) and the sociology of the elites (Weber).
    NB: This is the semester two only version of 6AAOB302

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