Examines the range of political ideologies within Western political thought. In particular, it explores the dynamic of the political spectrum from the Right to the Centre and to the Left. Critically evaluates Fascism, Nazism, Conservatism, Liberalism, Democratic Socialism, Communism and Anarchism. Also explores the impact of ideological shifts toward green, feminist and anti-racist theories.
- Fascism and Nazism
- Democratic Socialism
- Cross-spectrum ideologies: imperialism, racism, feminism, environmentalism, fundamentalism
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||explain the range of political ideologies which exist within the context of Western political thought||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||critically explain the dynamic of the ideological spectrum||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of contrasting ideologies||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||develop reflective positions on political theory and present these positions as coherent arguments.||Intellectual rigour|
- Copies are available from the Co-op Bookshop. The 4th edition is dated 2007, but a new edition may be available: Heywood, A, 2007, Political Ideologies, 4th edn, Palgrave MacMillan, London.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 2 hours (11 weeks)|
|Exam: take home||50%|
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