Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL3037: Aristotle's Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2015/6 academic year.


NQF Level6
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Edward Skidelsky (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


In this seminar-based module, you will read, analyse and debate one of the foundational works of Western political theory: Aristotle’s Politics. Literally meaning “things concerning the polis (or city-state)”, this work discusses the nature of the city, the various types of constitution and their merits and defects, and the education of citizens. You will go through the text in detail, trying to work out what Aristotle meant, how his approach compares to that of other political thinkers, and whether his analyses have any relevance for us today. A central question will be: what is the relationship, if any, between politics and ethics?

This module will be of interest not only to philosophy students but also to classics and politics students. It will be of particular interest to students taking other modules in political theory.

Module created

January 2013

Last revised