Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM057: Understanding and Interpretation in Political Thought

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

This module will engage with some of the main debates on the history of ideas and political thought, the relationship between text and context, between historical reconstruction and analytic interpretation, and on the nature of interpretation.

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:

  • Historical Meaning
  • Intentionalism
  • Contextualism
  • Objectivity
  • Genealogy
  • Conceptual Change
  • Hermeneutics

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 Activity 2211 x 2 hour seminars
Guided independent study170Research for and writing of Essays
Guided independent study31Preparation for presentation
Guided independent study77Preparation for Seminars

Online Resources

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