Postgraduate Course: Methods in Political Theory (20 CREDIT) (PGSP11277)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course would cover specialised methods in political theory, such as the following (amongst others):
1. The Cambridge School and the History of Political Thought.
2. The use of historical thought in contemporary political theory.
3. Textual analysis in political theory.
4. The political theory of political institutions.
5. The theory and practive of contemporary analytical theory.
6. Analytical political theory v. continental political theory.
7. Relativism, Subjectivism, ethical Realism: metha-ethics and normative moral judgment.
Which topics are taught will depend on teaching availability, but also, and more importantly, on students? own research topics in any given year, other themes and topics would be added to the list. The focus of the course is very much on linking methodological issues with identifiable research projects. For example, a student trying to reconstruct a Lockean theory of political obligation would learn how to distinguish between a claim made by Locke, and a Lockean claim. These are not arcane questions: failing to address them can, more often than not, make the difference between a successful argument and a failed attempt.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- analyse the major methodological traditions in political theory
- reflect critically on the methodological problems raised by their own, specific, research project
- develope and articulated a methodological position appropriate to their own research concerns
- consider the relationship between the methodological themes of the course and the substantive disputes in political theory
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|Course organiser||Dr Tim Hayward
Tel: (0131 6)50 4238
|Course secretary||Mrs Gillian Macdonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244