Degree Module: Ideas and Ideologies in Politics


SCQF Level 7

Blended delivery

This is an introductory module which involves the examination of the key systems of moral and political thought which have shaped the modern world during the last three centuries. These systems of thought, known as political ideologies, have provided guidance and inspiration for people looking for practical ways of changing human societies for the better. They are often identified with political movements which seek to change the world.

The aim of the module is to understand the structure of political ideologies – their characteristic features and the logic of their arguments - and how they respond to counter ideologies. You will also examine the actual effects of ideologies on political events.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of political ideologies, their interrelationships and practical political importance;
  • Assess relevance of political ideologies to the wider academic study of politics, international relations and the humanities;
  • Examine the continuing relevance of political ideologies in the context of concepts, claims, evidence and theory.

Entry requirements: Students should have passed 2 Highers at C or above.

Mode of delivery: Blended delivery (combination of online and video conference). Video conference tutorials will take place on Mondays, 1pm to 3pm.

Duration: Semester 1 only - September to December

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