Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC1028: Modern Political Theory

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 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:

  • Political Theory: Ancient and Modern  
  • Machiavelli Power Politics
  • Hobbes: A New Science of Politics  
  • Locke: Consent and Limited Government 
  • Rousseau: The Social Contract  
  • Rousseau and The French Revolution 
  • The American Revolution and the Federalists 
  • Radicalising Revolution: Feminism and Slavery 
  • Marx’s Critique of Alienation 
  • Marx: The Communist Manifesto

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 Activities16.511 x 1.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities1111 x 1 hour tutorials
Guided Independent Study45directed reading
Guided Independent Study6completing the formative research outline
Guided Independent Study26.5completing the essay
Guided Independent Study45studying for the exam

Online Resources

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