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PAIR2002 Political Thinking

Module Overview

An introduction to political thinking, focusing on major thinkers and themes and exploring how to engage in political theorising. Pre-requisite for PAIR3015

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • an analysis of the relation of the political to human life
  • what is meant by the political
  • the varieties of way so theorising in relation to politics
  • major thinkers about, or themes of, the political realm


1. Political ethics 2. Creating and Revising Concepts 3. Guiding political judgment 4. Critical Thinking about Politics

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures (2 a week) and 5 seminars (end of weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, 11)

Independent Study117
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  (1500 words) 40%
Essay  (2500 words) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1500 words) 40%
Essay  (2500 words) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  (1500 words) 40%
Essay  (2500 words) 60%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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