Module Convenor: Professor Lisette Josephides
Lecture Times: to be confirmed, venue to be arranged.
There is a fortnightly tutorial (time to be arranged).
What is politics in society? In what conditions can power be legitimated? Are some societies duties-based and others rights-based? Can ‘law’ always be distinguished from politics? What were the wrongs of colonialism? Are nationalism and ethnicity the new scourge? Can ethnic divisions be understood in terms of religion or political privilege? Is there a new world order that melts down all previous ideologies and political practices? Is human rights the new internationalism? This module tackles these questions and more as it grapples with political practices in different kinds of societies throughout the world. The aim is to encourage you to view critically those practices as well as the theoretical approaches used in their analysis. Finally, the module is intended to help you develop your own understandings of political actions and relations in today’s world.