Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3125: Writing to Change the World: Pamphlets, Blogs and Manifestos

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

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

Module Aims

The module aims to provide an introduction to some of the historically most significant political texts along with teaching the skill of political writing. It aims to interpret and analyse historical texts and to place them in relation to contemporary debates. The course will provide students with an understanding of the influence of political texts and the skills to write opinion pieces and other forms of journalistic writing.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate knowledge of influential pamphlets, manifestos and writings through lectures, class discussion and submitted coursework;
2. Demonstrate knowledge of major social movements within which such texts were produced
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Assimilate taught materials and utilise them to analyse different forms of political text;
4. Demonstrate knowledge of major political theories and understand them in their historical context;
Personal and Key Skills5. Research and write analytical essays;
6. Formulate opinion pieces for newspapers and blogs; and
7. Communicate arguments effectively through written submissions.