United Kingdom, London

Introduction to Political Theory

when 4 July 2016 - 22 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1450

This course provides an introduction to the conceptual and theoretical foundations of politics. Through the examination of a wide variety of political theorists (feminist, post-colonial and western), the course studies various ways of interpreting politics within the state. Students seek to understand how various thinkers throughout time understand, theorise and criticise politics by looking at issues in the context of gender, class and race.

Students analyse critiques of the social contract, sovereignty and individual rights by examining theories of resistance to both the state and empire. Overall, this course seeks to provide an understanding of not only how key thinkers theorise political association, the individual subject, power and authority, but also how they justify obedience and resistance to political rule and power.

Course leader

Dr Manjeet Ramagotra and Dr Alexej Ulbricht

Target group

Current students, professionals + leisure learners

Course aim

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

Read theoretical arguments and acquire knowledge of basic concepts
Understand the role of theory in shaping and justifying political structures
Understand the core questions in political theory

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Fee info

GBP 1450: Tuition
A tuition fee of £1450 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.

An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 31 March 2016.
15% discount for SOAS Alumni or if you take a combination of sessions 2 and 3.
20% discount for current SOAS students and our partner institutions.
Other discounts are available for groups, please contact us for further information.

Accommodation is available at an extra fee of £700 for 20 nights. For more details of how to reserve a room please our accommodation page.


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