Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3194: Rethinking the Politics of Communities

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Robin Durie (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


Throughout much of the history of political thought, “community” has been a peripheral concept. In more recent times, however, it has come to occupy a central role in both political theory and public policy. In the first half of this module you will trace the development of the concept of community through the history of political theory, focusing in particular on how and why the concept of community takes centre stage in current communitarian thinking. In the second half, you will look at how the concept of community has been radicalised in recent European thought, before considering a series of case studies in the contemporary politics of communities.

No prior knowledge of the history of political thought is required for this module.

This module is suitable for both specialist and non-specialist students.

This module is recommended for interdisciplinary pathways.

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