Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM805: Theories of Revolution and Continuity in the History of Political Thought

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Iain Hampsher-Monk (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The ideas of change and continuity will be explored through the opposition expressed between a number of writers engaged in periods of rapid political and conceptual change.  Periods chosen typically include, the English Civil War (Filmer, Coke, Parliament’s Nineteen Propositions, and the Kings Answer, The Levellers, Gerrard Winstanley, Harrington), the Reaction to the French Revolution (Burke, Paine, Wollstonecraft) The Nineteenth Century (Coleridge, Marx,Tocqueville) and the Postmodern movement  These will be chosen in consulation with students taking the module. The syllabus will also explore the conceptual issues involved in identifying and characterising revolution and continuity in both descriptions of social reality, and in political philosophy.

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