As a graduate of this programme you will cover both historical traditions and immediate contemporary developments allowing you to have a broad knowledge of the history of political ideas in a digital age and the changing perceptions of democracy, the common good and ethics. You will develop social data science methodologies to understand the ways in which political ideas can be transformed through technology. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a monthly research seminar on “Political Ideas in the Digital Age” in which Visiting Fellows, academics and business partners will present their work on the transformation of transmission modes in political life that is currently taking place as a result of new digital technologies.
As a graduate of the MA Political Ideas in a Digital Age you should be able to:
- Synthesise and comment critically on a body of academic writing relating to contemporary political ideas since the 17th century and in a data-intensive environment;
- Appreciate, analyse, interpret and evaluate political issues, ideas and institutions across a broad variety of sub-fields, in law, history of ideas, political economy and data science;
- Construct and defend a rigorous argument, both in written form and orally, using primary and secondary materials;
- Follow and understand why the use of data science by political actors is transforming politics;
- Understand and use ethics and responsibility in your work;
- Acquire a proper knowledge of digital skills.