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PI2009: IDEAS AND IDEOLOGIES IN POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:31


Course Overview

Ideas and ideologies are core to teaching, learning and research in Politics and International Relations. Theoretical developments are at the forefront of academic debates within the discipline, demonstrated by the appearance of a number of new approaches as more traditional theories have struggled to account for an ever changing world. This course will introduce students to these with profound questions and struggles over identity, belonging, justice and rights underpinning these theoretical debates.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Dimitrios Anagnostakis

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aims

This course will introduce students to core concepts, ideas and political thinkers which will form part of the foundations for the study of Politics and International Relations at University. Key concepts and ideas will include nationalism, socialism, liberalism, fascism, environmentalism and conservatism. Key political thinkers and their ideas will also be studied.   

Main Learning Outcomes

An understanding of both key concepts and ideas including nationalism, socialism, liberalism, fascism, environmentalism and conservatism and also key political thinkers and their ideas. An understanding of these will be fundamental for the study of Politics and International Relations at Honours level.

In addition, students will also acquire a self-reliant and self-critical approach and also effective oral and written communication and analysis.

Course Content

This course will examine key concepts and ideas including nationalism, socialism, liberalism, fascism, environmentalism and conservatism. In addition, key political thinkers and their ideas will also be studied.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9, 11, 13, 15, 17

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Quiz 1 - 15%

Essay - 35%

Peer Review - 15%

Quiz 2 - 35%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome

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