Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM021: Power and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

This module involves interpreting important texts in political philosophy but also applying this knowledge to contemporary politics. It is designed to improve your critical thinking skills, and to develop your ability to critically interrogate the assumptions inherent in modern liberal regimes. Foucault in particular is one of the most cited scholars in both the humanities and the social sciences, and familiarity with his work is valuable for students with a broad range of interests. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the ideas of philosophical thinkers on power and society and how these ideas relate.
2. Evaluate critically current research and advanced knowledge in the study of power and society and demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Demonstrate an advanced capability to analyse arguments and critically evaluate current research in political theory and politics more generally.
4. Introduce texts, write well-argued essays and question received ideas in political theory.
Personal and Key Skills5. Construct and evaluate ideas
6. Communicate effectively in speech and writing.