Ideas and Ideologies in Politics
|This Module has a two hour video conference, weekly, but there is an option to study independently, entirely online||S6|
About this course
About this course
This module is an excellent introduction to the study of politics by close examination of the principle political systems and thoughts that have developed the world we live in since the 17th Century. Rather than looking at the broader political concepts, like Democracy for example, this module concentrates on the systems of thought that provide a blueprint for those engaged in the process of finding ways to change society for the better, and to inspire those to support their efforts. These thoughts are known as ideologies and they have become the benchmark for those who want to change the world; sometimes this can be through bloody means, such as Fascism. Others will stoutly guard against this, like Conservatism, or protect certain communities – Nationalism and Islam, for example. Students who successfully complete this module will have an understanding of what an ideology is, what it seeks to address, and, perhaps most interestingly, what they think of one another, bearing in mind some ideologies are there as an antithesis or another – Socialism deriving from the Victorian dominance of classic Liberalism.
The course will also reflect on historical events effected by ideology, such as Fascism and WWII, Conservatism and the French Revolution, and Socialism from Industrialisation. Furthermore, ideologies that are designed to address a serious societal problems, like Ecologism and Feminism.
In addition, the module develops academic study skills through extensive developmental feedback on formative written tasks using ideological arguments as the basis of such work. It develops the ability to locate, collect, interpret, evaluate and use information to develop a coherent argument and to write in the appropriate academic style.
What is an Ideology? Liberalism, Socialism, Conservatism, Fascism, Nationalism, Feminism, Ecologism, Islam, Anarchism.
Open to S6 pupils only. You must have 3 Highers at C pass or above, one of which must be English. You will be invited to attend an interview with a member of College staff.
The options for progression from this module are endless but it lends itself very well to those who want to work in the Civil Service or other State institution. It should also be viewed from a study skills perspective. Not only will pupils be readying themselves for first year university study, in almost any Humanities degree, they will also be learning how to learn online and this is very much a growing area of current higher education.