Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3208: Maritime Power and Security in Global Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics: 

– Introduction to Seapower – concepts / theory

– Seapower in history – Bronze age to Age of sail

– Seapower in history – Age of sail to 1914

– Seapower in history – Total War and Cold War

– Contemporary seapower – the UK

– Contemporary seapower – the USA

– Contemporary seapower – China

– Contemporary seapower – Russia

– Contemporary seapower – the EU

– The future of ‘traditional seapower’

– The future of ‘non-traditional’ seapower – role of non-state actors, ngo’s, terrorism and seapower

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities2211 x 2 hour seminars
Guided independent study50Private study - reading and preparing for seminars
Guided independent study78Preparation for essay and portfolio – including researching and collating relevant sources; planning the structure and argument; writing up the essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).