UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


ESPS0016 - German Political and Social Thought

Course value: 15 credits
Convenor: Prof Mark Hewitson
Duration: One term (term 1)
Teaching structure: One two-hour seminar
Assessment: 2 x 2,000 word essays at 50% each
Available to: Second Years, Final Years and Affiliates 

Course Description:

This course looks at ways in which German thinkers such as Marx, Weber, Adorno, Horkheimer and Habermas have explained the distribution and exercise of power in modern societies, and how they have conceived of society and social change. It explores themes such as the emergence and nature of capitalism, religion and suicide, rationalization, communication and the culture industry. It also examines the methodological and philosophical premises of social theory.