SSST Subjects

Ideologies in the Contemporary World

Political Science


International Relations


Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BA Major in Political Science/International Relations

Status (core, option, free choice)



FHEQ Level



Unit Value



Semester taught


Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications



Module Code

PS 140


Module coordinator

Jana Jevtic


Applicable From



Educational Aims of the Module

  • The purpose of the module is to provide a methodical, comprehensive, comparative, and critical understanding and examination of the concept of ideology in the history of political thought.
  • Themodulecombinestheoretical, empirical, and historical perspectives in order to familiarize students with major ideological frameworks and introduce them to ideological underpinnings of contemporary political concerns and debates.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Political ideologies: an overview
  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism
  • Socialism
  • Anarchism
  • Nationalism
  • Fascism
  • Religious fundamentalism
  • Feminism
  • Ecologism
  • Multiculturalism
  • End of ideology or ideology without an end

Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time
Lectures 15 2 hours 30 hours
Tutorials 32 1 hours 32 hours
Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours 138
Total Contact Hours 62
Total Engagement Hours 200

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline
Final exam 1 3 hours 50% End of semester
Mid-semester test 1 2 hours 20% Week 8
Weekly seminar questions
and in-class discussions
10 15 minutes 15% Week 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 9; 10;
11; 12; 13
Response paper 1 1500 words 15% By week 14

Module Outcomes

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Course readings and class discussions (ILO: 1-4)
  • Lectures (ILO: 1-5)
  • Individual tutorials (ILO: 1-5)
  • Practical with tutor-lead support (PS: 1-4)
  • Course readings and class discussions. (TS: 1-4)
  • Lectures and in-class exercises (TS: 1-4)
  • In-class presentation, public speaking exercises and simulation games. (TS: 1-4)

Assessment Strategy

  • Course work – mid-term exam response paper, seminar questions andin-class discussions (ILO: 1-5)
  • Final Exam  (ILO: 1-5)
  • Exam (PS: 2,3,4)
  • Response Paper (PS: 2,3,4)
  • Seminar Debates (PS: 1-4)
  • Course work – mid-term exam, response paper and seminar participation (TS: 1-4)
  • Final Exam (TS: 1-4)

Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Heywood, A. (2012), Political Ideologies: An Introduction, Palgrave Macmillian

Supplementary Materials

  • Anderson, B. (2006), Imagined Communities, Revised Edition, Verso Books
  • Appleby, S. (1999), The Ambivalence of the Sacred, Rowman & Littlefield
  • Baumann, G. (1999), The Multicultural Riddle, Taylor and Francis
  • Burke, E. (2009), Reflections on the Revolution in France, Oxford Classics, Reissue, Oxford University Press
  • De Beauvoir, S. (2015), The Second Sex, Reissue, Vintage
  • De Tocqueville, A. (2003), Democracy in America, Penguin Classics, Penguin
  • Goodwin, W. (2013), An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, Oxford University Press
  • Paxton, R. (2005), The Anatomy of Fascism, Vintage
  • Schumacher, E. (1966), Buddhist Economics, Anthony Blond Ltd.
  • Freedon, M., (Ed), (2015) The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies, Oxford University Press 
  • Ball, T., et al., (2013), Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal, 9 Edition, Routledge 
  • Uberoi, V., MoDood, T., (Eds), (2015), Multiculturalism Rethought: Interpretations, Dilemmas and New Directions, Edinburgh University Press

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.  More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.  The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually bythe University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Date of Production : June 2016

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