Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM148: Brexit: Causes, Interpretation and Implications

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 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:

  • What is the EU about?
  • UK’s history with the EU
  • The referendum campaign(s)
  • Result and interpretation
  • The negotiations: Legal basis, domestic priorities and EU priorities
  • Domestic implications: Economy and immigration
  • Domestic implications: Democracy, sovereignty and the Union
  • Domestic implications: Rights and standards
  • European implications: Which future for the EU?
  • Field studies: which local citizen support for Brexit?

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 Activity2211 x two-hour seminars. These will be a mix of lectures led by the module convenor, student presentations, and group work. The emphasis is on weekly seminar presentations and active seminar participation.
Guided Independent Study70Reading and preparing for seminars, including in reading groups.
Guided Independent Study30Preparation of presentation
Guided Independent Study50Preparation of and implementation of field work
Guided Independent Study128Preparation and writing of assessment

Online Resources

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