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Political Thought 1A historical and critical examination of political thought and international theory, beginning with Machiavelli and concluding with Bentham. Students will reflect on how historic theories of international and national politics are to be understood and assessed conceptually.Political Thought 2This develops from Political Thought 1, beginning with Kant and concluding with de Beauvoir. Specific theorists such as Kant, Hegel, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche and de Beauvoir will be examined and general themes such as gender, sovereignty and the end of history in relation to the politics of states and the international arena will be investigated.Researching Politics and International Relations I: Analytical ModesThe aim of this module is to locate political science and international relations with reference to debates about the nature of social science, so that students may begin to make informed choices about their own modes of inquiry. Students will be introduced to debates about the nature of ‘the political’ (ontology), what we can know about it (epistemology) and how different modes of inquiry are derived from these debates.Researching Politics and International Relations II: MethodsIntroduces students to the ideas underpinning the design and conduct of research in politics and international relations, starting with the big questions of ‘what exists?’ and ‘how can we know about what exists?’ before moving to consider the practice and implications of different research methods.The Global Political EconomyExamines the global economic order and the interaction of economics and politics in shaping world affairs. The module is divided into two parts. Part one offers a historical overview, and a range of theoretical tools through which to understand recent changes in the world economy. Part two looks at a number of substantive debates by discussing how politics and economics are entwined in the areas of production, finance, and trade.Global Governance and Civil SocietyThe module examines the web of governance structures in a world no longer dominated by state actors. It explores the changing ‘architectures’ of statist governance and the variety of inter- and trans-societal, as well as global structures and processes.Understanding Europe: History, Culture and Political EconomyThis module explores what we mean by ‘Europe’ from the perspectives of current scholarship. It draws on a variety of disciplinary insights into the history, culture, political economy and boundaries of Europe in a period marked both by powerful integrative and disintegrative forces.Russia and East Europe after Lenin Explores the attempt to build a radical alternative political, social and economic model in Europe during the 20th century. The module will be substantively concerned with questions of state-building, governance, security and legitimacy in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Taking a comparative approach to the region, students will consider the appropriateness of Western concepts for understanding the political system, particularly socialism, totalitarianism, pluralism and democracy.American Politics and SocietyAn analysis of the governmental and political institutions in the United States, the policy-making process, and contemporary issues in American politics.Modern British PoliticsAn analysis of contemporary British politics and the wider movements contributing to the making of modern British politics, and an assessment and evaluation of political change in Britain within a global and historical context.Democracy, Autocracy and Regime ChangeThis module explores the theoretical approaches to regime change and regime consolidation and their relevance to real life cases. It will first acquaint students with the complex concepts of (various forms of) democracy and (various forms of) authoritarianism, before introducing them to competing structure and process-driven explanations of regime change. It will offer a critical perspective on the notion of regime change as a linear progression from authoritarianism to democracy by providing illustrations of other regime trajectories. From here it will go on to evaluate the impact of globalisation on both 'consolidated democracies' and on regimes that are generally considered to be non-democracies. Finally, it will focus more concretely on carefully selected real life cases from three regions within which there is especially large divergence in regime types: the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.