Reading list

All books listed below will be available in the University library. You may also be able to buy them second-hand, and the student Politics Society runs a second-hand book stall once term starts. You are under no obligation to purchase any of these books in advance of you starting your course.

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British Politics

Documentaries:

Books:

  • Andrew Hindmoor, 12 Days that made Modern Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019)
  • Andrew Hindmoor, What's Left Now? The History and Future of Social Democracy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)

Analysing Politics

Books:

  • ‘Politics: Why it Matters’ by Andrew Gamble (2019)
  • Heywood, A. (2013) Politics (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan). An introductory-level textbook that is frequently used in pre-University education. May provide a useful background for some topics. 
  • Runciman, D. (2014) Politics: Ideas in Profile (London: Profile). An excellent introduction to politics that covers many of the module themes. An excellent choice to read before the module starts.

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Introduction to Western Political Thought

This module is based on classic texts, such as:
 
  • Plato: Crito
  • Plato: The Republic
  • Niccolò Machiavelli: The Prince
  • Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau: The Social Contract
  • Edmund Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France
  • Mary Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism and On Liberty
  • Hannah Arendt: On the Origins of Totalitarianism
  • Frantz Fanon: The Wretched of the Earth    
To introduce you to the above texts there are good resources here, particularly in relation to Hobbes, Wollstonecraft and Fanon, which you can explore: https://www.talkingpoliticspodcast.com/history-of-ideas

Introduction to Global Political Economy

Books:

  • Andre Broome, Issues and Actors in the Global Political Economy (London: Red Globe Press, 2014). An excellent introduction to IPE and the core themes in the module. 

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Introduction to International Relations

Books:

  • Timothy Dunne, Milja Kurki & Steve Smith, ed., International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity, Fourth Edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) 
  • Branwen Gruffydd Jones, ed., Decolonizing International Relations, (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006) 
  • Stephen McGlinchey, ed., International Relations (E-IR: 2016) This is a free to download e book available at https://www.e-ir.info/publication/beginners-textbook-international-relations/  

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Follow the latest issues and debates via these IR related websites:


Introduction to Comparative Politics

Books:

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If you are interested in how comparative politics can help us understand government responses to Covid-19. Here are some blog-style articles:


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