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Classic Texts - Non-credit bearing


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

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

This Classic Texts short course provides you with an understanding of some of the key texts in the canon of modern Western political thought, and with skills of critical interpretive analysis. It first considers what is involved in a critical reading of a political theory text and then proceeds to apply these skills to the analysis of classic texts, such as Machiavelli's The Prince and Hobbes's Leviathan.

We plan to cover the following content:

  • Reading Political Theory
  • Machiavelli, The Prince, The Discourses
  • Hobbes, Leviathan
  • Locke, A Letter Concerning Toleration, Two Treatises
  • Rousseau, The Second Discourse, The Social Contract
  • Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments, The Wealth of Nations
  • Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • Tocqueville, Democracy in America
  • Mill, On Liberty, The Subjection of Women
  • Nietzsche, The Will to Power

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

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

    This course is taught at a level equivalent to Year 3 of an undergraduate degree. In order to fully engage with the class, you should have some previous knowledge of the subject, for example, by having successfully completed an introductory class at Level 4 (such as the first year of an undergraduate degree or one of our Certificate of Higher Education modules), or by having professional experience in this area.

    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.