SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3L223084
Module Leader Xander Kirke
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Politics
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally, the successful completion of a level 2 social sciences module.

Summary of Content

Is Marxism dead? Are we hurtling towards environmental crisis? Is anarchism utopian? This research-led multi-disciplinary module aims to furnish students with an in-depth understanding of the various strands of ideological thinking to have impacted on political history since the 18th century. It examines the nature of ideology and the historical circumstances which gave rise to this mode of thought; it explores the evolution and impact of the major ideological traditions, such as liberalism, nationalism, socialism, fascism etc.; and it assesses whether the latter half of the 20th century bore witness to 'the end of ideology'. Summary of how PRME-related issues / topics are covered in this module: This module will enable students to situate PRME within a broader ideological context and thereby improve their capacity to critically analyse such concepts. Students are also encouraged to analyse a range of ethical, philosophical, institutional, policy-related, economic, and legal issues through various ideological lenses.


Indicative syllabus: 1. Introduction to the Module 2. The Concept of Ideology 3. Liberalism: Core Themes 4. The Liberal State and Types of Liberalism 5. Conservatism: Core Themes 6. Types of Conservatism: Authoritarian, Moderate and New Right 7. Socialism: Core Themes 8. Communism in Theory 9. Communism in Practice: The Soviet Union and The People's Republic of China 10. Democratic Socialism, Social Democracy and the Third Way 11. Anarchism: Core Themes 12: Types of Anarchism: 13. Nationalism: The Concept of 'Nation' 14. Types of Nationalism and Nationalism in the UK 15. Fascism: Core Themes 16. Fascism: The German and Italian Examples and Modern Manifestations 17. Feminism: Core Themes and Concepts 18. Types of Feminism 19. Environmentalism: Core Themes 20. Types of Environmentalism 21. Course Overview / The End of Ideology?

Learning Outcomes

1 Learning OutcomesOn completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate: 1 an awareness and understanding of the concept of ideology; 2 an understanding of the central tenets of various ideological bodies of thought;3 an ability to recognise the manner in which ideologies shape the contemporary political landscape;4 skills in critical analysis and independent thinking;5 enhanced abilities in written and oral communication.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars and online directed learning tasks. A comprehensive lecture programme forms the spine of the module. Seminars are then used to explore topics in greater depth, and to harness the epistemic value of structured deliberative communication. In order to ensure that students are adequately prepared for seminars they are provided with discussion questions in advance and are required to consult set readings. Coursework will be submitted online and marked electronically via Grademark. GCULearn plays a vital part in the GSBS learning and teaching strategy as a blended learning tool. The School will ensure that all modules are not only GCULearn-enabled, but also at the cutting edge in developing online learning materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn, ensuring effective student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is normally provided within 3 working weeks of submission.

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and Articles Ball, T., Dagger, R and O'Neill, D. I. (2013) Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal, 9th Edition (New York: Harper Collins). Ball, T., Dagger, R and O'Neill, D. I. (2014) Ideals and Ideologies: A Reader, 9th Edition (New York: Harper Collins). Heywood, A. (2012) Political Ideologies: An Introduction, 5th Edition (London: Palgrave). Eatwell, R. and Wright, A. (1999) Contemporary Political Ideologies (London: Continuum). Eccleshall, R., et al. (2003) Political Ideologies: An Introduction, 3rd Edition (London: Routledge). Festenstein, M. and Kenny, M. (2005) Political Ideologies (Oxford: Oxford University Press). Freeden, M., Sargent, L. T. and Stears, M. (eds.) (2013) The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies (Oxford: Oxford University Press). Hoffman, J. and Graham, P. (2009) Introduction to Political Ideologies (London: Pearson Longman). Leitch, R. (2015) Political Ideology in Britain, 3 rd Edition (Basingstoke: Palgrave). McLellan, D. (1995) Ideology, 2nd Edition (Buckingham: Open University Press). Schwarzmantel, J. (1998) The Age of Ideology (London: MacMillan). Vincent, A. (2009) Modern Political Ideologies, 3rd Edition (Oxford: Blackwell). Online Sources: Peer-reviewed academic journals including, the Journal of Political Ideologies , Political Theory , Political Studies and Political Philosophy .

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: -360b7 Carrying out assignments and effectively organising time; b7 written and oral communication skills; b7 IT skills; b7 critical thinking and analysis.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 50.00
Independent Learning (FT) 114.00
Lectures (FT) 22.00
Seminars (FT) 14.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Essay - approx 2000 words
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% Open book exam 2 questions - 1000 words each