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Contemporary Political Theory

MSc
  • Option 1 year full time or 2 years part time
  • Year of entry 2021
  • Campus Egham

This programme is currently under development and may be subject to change

The course

This course is ideal for those seeking a broad based advanced grounding in contemporary political theory.

  • You will develop a systematic understanding and knowledge of theories, institutions and practices in the disciplines of politics and international relations and in sub disciplines relating to contemporary political theory.
  • You will develop a sound knowledge of the texts, theories and methods used to enhance understanding of the issues, processes and phenomena associated to contemporary political theory.
  • You will gain a critical understanding of research methods, equipping you with the skills necessary to obtain qualitative and quantitative data for your dissertation.

Core Modules

Year 1
  • This module will teach you the methods that you are likely to use in your MSc dissertation whilst giving you hands-on research experience.

You will be able to choose two of the following core modules:

  • Political Concepts
  • Contemporary Anglo-American Political Theory
  • Contemporary Continental Political Theory

Optional Modules

All modules are core

This course is taught in small groups – meaning that you will get close personal attention from tutors, and become part of a close-knit and lively community.

Teaching and learning is delivered primarily by means of seminar discussions, informal lectures, oral presentations, guided independent research, and guided independent study.  Assessment takes the form of various formative and summative assignments.

Your final assignment is a dissertation on a topic developed in consultation with an assigned supervisor. 

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