Undergraduate Module Descriptor
POL2059: Political Thought of Modernity
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)
Professor Robert Lamb (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
This module will introduce you to some of the most influential, fascinating, and controversial texts and traditions in Western political thought – from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century – and, in so doing, will encourage you to interrogate how the very idea of modernity is conceptualised and contested. In reading these texts, you will come to understand, and engage in critique of, the modern political concepts – rights, freedom, equality, democracy, civil society, property, revolution, the state, and modernity itself – that continue to animate our civic discussions as well as the intellectual traditions (liberalism, Idealism, Marxism) of the modern period.