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Comparative Political Theory (Module)

Module description

This module is designed for students who are interested in deepening their understanding of trends in political thought and political theory from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The course engages with cutting edge research on non-western political thought. From key trends in Islamic Political Thought to the many facets of 20th century nationalist political thought, from the use of ethnography for reassessing categories to the influence of post-colonial political theory, the course is ideally suited for final year students focusing on political theory. A key intention is for students to read some primary texts in detail. Further, the course will help students open up categories of analysis commonly used for analysing politics.

However, please note that it is NOT a comparative politics course in the sense that we do not discuss questions of political dynamics and comparison across different countries. Moreover, the course is structured as a seniors seminar where the expectation is that students will engage in a wide ranging discussion of the material selected.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Staff information

Dr Humeira Iqtidar

Teaching pattern


Module assessment - more information

1 x 2000 word essay (50% of overall module mark) due in the middle of the term

1 x 2000 word essay (50% of overall module mark) due at the end of the term

Key information

Module code 6SSPP348

Credit level 6

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module No