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 Content

Syllabus Plan

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

Emmanuel Sieyès, What is the Third Estate?

Thomas Paine, Common Sense

The People's Charter of 1838

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto

MT Marinetti, The Manifesto of Futurism

Social Democratic Party of Germany, The Erfturt Program

Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

V. I. Lenin, What is to be Done?

Students for a Democratic Society, The Port Huron Statement

Germane Greer, The Female Eunuch

The Guerilla Girls, various slogan artworks

The Combahee River Collective Statement

Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Franz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

Aldous Huxley, What are you Going to Do about It?

Mahatma Gandhi, The Wisdom of Gandhi in His Own Words

Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me

Ta-Nehesi Coates, Between the World and Me

Laurie Penny, How to Be a Genderqueer Feminist

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

Laverne Cox Talks to TIME About the Transgender Movement

Alicia Garza, A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist

Ronan Farrow, From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories

Susan Fowler, Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber

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 2 seminars
Guided Independent study128Private study – students are expected to read suggested texts and make notes prior to seminar sessions. They are also expected to read widely to complete their coursework assignments. More specifically, students are expected to devote at least: 60 hours to directed reading; 6 hours to completing the formative research outline; 14 hours for completing the essay; 48 hours for completing opinion pieces.

Online Resources

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