Short Title:Development of European Politics
Full Title:Development of European Politics
Module Code:EUPO H20011
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Field of Study:Political Science and civics
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By: 
Module Author:DAVID IRWIN
Module Description:The purpose of the module is to provide students with a critical understanding of the development of political thought in Europe from the time of the Enlightenment as well as the political concepts and ideologies which have shaped European politics since the late 18th century.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Critically assess the main theories and key concepts in the development of Eueropean political thought.
LO2 Be able to compare and contrast the different ideological themes that have shaped European politics.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Social Contract & Liberty
Social Contract & Liberty Thomas Hobbes & the Social Contract, the Sovereign; John Locke and Classical Liberalism – individual rights and freedoms, legitimate role of the State; Jean Jacques Rousseau. Contemporary case studies: liberty and press freedom; Frederick Siebert & Press Theories
30.00%
Competing Concepts of Power
Distribution of power in society; ‘Intentionalist’ power – Thomas Hobbes; Max Weber and behaviouralist approach; Discourse & Power – George Orwell & the Power of Language; Michel Foucault and Disciplinary Society, Power/Knowledge, ‘Bio’-Power. Case Studies: Mass media & surveillance – the panopticon
30.00%
Theories of Justice
Justice & Political Organization; Utilitarianism & justice as happiness – John Stuart Mill, Jeremy Bentham, Henry Sedgwick; Distributive Justice – justice as fairness, John Rawls & the Original Position, the Liberty Principle, the Difference Principle; Libertarian concept of Justice – Robert Nozick.
40.00%
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Assignment during which students will reflect on the ideologies which have shaped modern European politics and apply their knowledge and personal research to address critically current socio-political debates 1,2 40.00 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2 60.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
Students will be required to resit the final examination and may be required to submit an assignment reflecting elements of coursework.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Participation and attendance 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Reading and researching 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Bomberg, Elizabeth, Peterson, John & Corbett, Richard 2012, The European Union - How does it work?, Third Ed., OUP
Recommended Book Resources
  • Mccullough, Barrie 2012, Political Ideologies, OUP Canada
  • Heywood, Andrew 2007, Political Ideologies, latest Ed., Palgrave Mcmillan
  • Mill, J.S. 2010, On Liberty, Penguin Classics
  • Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, The Social Contract, 2004 Ed., Penguin Books Ltd
  • Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, 1984 Ed., Penguin Classics
  • Woolstonecraft, Mary 2004, A Vindication fo the Rights of Woman, Penguin Books Ltd
  • Burke, Edmund 1982, Reflections of the Revolution in France, Penguin Classics
  • Minogue, Kenneth 2000, Politics, OUP, Very Short Introductions
  • Magone, Jose 2010, Contemporary European Politics, Routledge
  • Barry, Andrew, et al 1996, Foucault and Political Reason, University College London London
  • Foucault, Michel 1991, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, or later Ed., Penguin London
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Foucault, Michel 1978, Politics and the Study of Discourse, Ideology and Consciousness, 4, Autumn, 7-26
  • Foucault, Michel 1979, Governmentality, Ideology and Consciousness, 6, Autumn, 5-21
This module does not have any other resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HEURS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in European Studies 4 Mandatory