At the close of the 20th century, the 'end of history' liberalism was understood to have won the battle of ideologies. However, in the 21st century this liberal, ideological consensus has come under challenge. This module will allow you to understand this shift by introducing you to the foundational ideologies that shaped the 20th century and that continue to influence politics today. By studying these ideas, you will learn how to critically assess the ideological underpinning of political events, and develop the ability to interpret and situate yourself within ideological debates.
Private Study: 128
Contact Hours: 22
Compulsory to the following courses:
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations (Bi-diplôme)
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Language
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Placement Year
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Foundation Year
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Year in North America
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Year in Continental Europe
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with Quantitative Research
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with Quantitative Research With a Placement Year
• BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations with a Year in the Asia-Pacific
Optional to the following courses:
• BA (Hons) Economics and Politics
• BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics
• BA (Hons) History and Politics
• BA (Hons) Sociology and Politics
Available as an elective module and to short-term credit students
Method of assessment
Main assessment methods
• Written Reconstruction (1,000 words) 40%
• Essay (2,500 words) 60%*
*This element is pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module
The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Understand the nature and significance of politics as a human activity through knowledge of foundational political ideologies
2 Apply concepts used in the study of politics to the analysis of political ideas, institutions and practices, particularly in relation to the historical, contemporary and philosophical context of ideological positions
3 Comprehend how politics is mediated to understand and evaluate how ideology shapes different interpretations of political issues and events
4 Critically evaluate the political claims made by particular ideological positions
5 Describe, evaluate and apply different approaches to collecting, analysing and presenting political information, particularly by making arguments that utilise an understanding of the ideological basis of politics.
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Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
- ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
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