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Political Ideologies and Imaginaries


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This is a credit bearing course but can also be taken as a non-credit bearing course.

Discover the difference between our credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses.

This short course, Political Ideologies and Imaginaries, provides you with a critical understanding of the key political ideologies and imaginaries of the modern world. Ideologies like liberalism are not just a set of abstract principles or values, but also imaginaries of a certain kind of political community that inform everyday social conduct and the practices that make up the enduring institutions of social life.

We will examine a variety of ideologies and imaginaries of the inclusive political community, but also turn to reflections, found for example in feminist and anti-racist thinking, on the exclusions that political communities embody. We also consider other oppositions and exclusions commonly found in modern political ideologies such as that between the national and the international, and between the social and the natural.

We aim to cover the following content:

  • Political Ideologies and Imaginaries
  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism
  • Socialism
  • Fascism
  • Nationalism
  • Feminism
  • Anti-Racism
  • Internationalism
  • Environmentalism

Assessment is via a 1500-word essay (90%) and two seminar logs (10%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This Political Ideologies and Imaginaries short course is open to anyone with an interest in questions about the character of political ideas and ideologies. Prior study of politics, history, social science or other arts and humanities subjects at Level 3 or higher would be an advantage.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.