Politics of Governance: East Asia 2018/2019 Spring
This module examined the range of different forms of government in East Asia from totalitarian systems (China and North Korea), to competitive authoritarian states (Singapore and Malaysia), “defective” democracies (Indonesia and Thailand) and fully consolidated democratic regimes (Japan and South Korea). This module used theories of comparative politics to understand what factors impact the quality of governance and the interaction between governance, regime types and the provision (or lack thereof) of public goods.
Modern Political Thought 2019/2020 Autumn
This compulsory second-year module addresses some of the most important texts in the history of Western political philosophy, covering the main influences of modern political thought from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. It is aimed at developing students' ability to make and analyse philosophical arguments as well as develop an understanding of the origins of the Western tradition of political philosophy. For those students who are interested, the core of the module is accompanied by two optional tracks - Women in Political Thought, and Race and Empire in Western Political Thought - to provide alternative perspectives on the evolution of modern political thought.
Research Skills & Methods in Political Science 2019/2020 Spring
This introductory first-year core module introduces students to the fundamental issues of research in political science. It introduces students to research methodologies and epistemology in political science, answering questions such as how we can study politics and make claims about the nature of politics with validity.