Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC1030: Classical Political Thought

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Karen Scott (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module will introduce you to a rich history of political ideas in classical Greece and Rome and you will develop a critical appreciation of their powerful legacy. We will cover philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle as well as the work of artists such as Homer, Aeschylus and Aristophanes who interpreted and dramatised the political realm in these cultures. You will learn about Socrates and his mode of questioning regarding how things can be rationally justified. You will critically explore how philosophers have sought to construct political, social and ethical life (and the relations between these) in one way as opposed to another. No prior knowledge or skills required except enthusiasm for the topic.

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