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Module Details for SOU22052 Power State and Social Movements (Part 2 HT)


Module Code

SOU22052


Module Name

Power and State


ECTS weighting

5ECTS


Semester/term taught

Hilary Term


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will:

  • understand the influence of Hobbes on current thinking about the state,  conflict and violence
  • grasp the possibility of a reflexive approach to social science
  • apprehend different forms of power and the relationship between power and resistance
  • worry about the imposition of Western concepts and practices of government and politics on the rest of the world.


Module Content

The territorial nation state is the dominant (or hegemonic) global political form. So much so that we take it for granted. But it is a recent development, codified in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. The 17th century philosopher Thomas Hobbes remains central to our thinking about the state, power and violence, and this module will trace his enduring (and unfortunate?) influence on theory and practice.


Assessment Details

This module will be assessed by one essay (3,000 words max).