Intro to Modern European Political Thought
Dublin City University
Area of Study
European Studies, Political Science
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3
Hours & Credits
This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the history of modern political thought in Europe in the period from the French Revolution until the middle of the 20th century. The module will introduce students to the key questions and interpretations as they evolved in main political discourses. The modules focuses on important thinkers, such as Rousseau, Kant, Bentham and Mill, Hegel and Marx among others, as well as addresses the most relevant themes: modern state, loyalty and dissent, civil society, social contract and social justice, equality, freedom, progress, modernity and tradition, etc. The module involves a lot of reading of primary texts.
1. Identify and understand main streams of Modern European political thought
2. Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes political thought and key interpretative approaches to it
3. Improve skills of primary and secondary source analysis
4. Develop and improve academic writing skills
5. Appreciate the interaction between political thought and social and political processes