Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3109: Politics in a Global Urban Age

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

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:


The Urban and the Political: What’s the Problem?

  • Polis, State, Global Urban: Where in the World is ‘Politics’?
  • Framing the Challenge: Ontology, Epistemology, Methodology?


Key Approaches to the Global Urban Transition

  • Global Cities/The Global City
  • Planetary Urbanization
  • Urban Networks and Assemblage Urbanism
  • Cities and Urbanization in the Global South
  • The Politics of Urbanism as a Way of Life


Case Studies: Politics and the Urban in Transition

  • Okanagan Valley, Canada
  • Cornwall, UK
  • Student led case study analysis

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 and Teaching Activities2211 x 2 hour Seminars Students will be given guided opportunities to provide opening commentary, questions, or interventions for seminar discussions. Students will be expected to engage with their peers and provide constructive feedback on occasion.
Guided Independent Study43Private study – students are expected to read suggested texts and make notes prior to seminar sessions. More specifically, students are expected to devote approximately: 43 hours to weekly readings and seminar preparation
Guided Independent Study10Formative, peer review, and self-assessment activities
Guided independent study50Independent research, reading, and writing
Guided independent study20Practical/creative research project
Guided Independent Study 5Presentation preparation

Online Resources

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

City Lab: www.citylab.com