Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2108: Political Geographies: Local to Global

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

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


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Delacey Tedesco (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Our political identities, communities, debates, and activities both take place and make place. The conditions we live in, and our sense of alternatives, are shaped by the specifics of the places in which we are located. And how we navigate these conditions and pursue these alternatives – how we engage in politics – give material and symbolic shape to the world we inhabit. This module introduces you to these themes by first examining our immediate local level: our physical place in Cornwall. Similarly, it introduces interdisciplinary ‘methods’ by examining the politics of knowledge: how we define, feel, understand, and communicate politics, space and place, not only through writing but also through aesthetics and images, sensory encounters, and outdoor activities. The module then examines the dominant modern political geography of the state, from which we get specific versions of individual, local, regional and international space. Finally, we will use current debates – such as (but not bound to) urban development battles and refugee movements, airport spaces and Indigenous sovereignty claims – to assess how contemporary political life might generate different forms of space and place. We will read across disciplines of politics and IR, geography and geopolitics, and environmental, feminist, Indigenous, and postcolonial political geographies. By the end of the module, you will be able to describe and critically engage different accounts of political space and place, and the forms of political subjectivity, political community, and political analysis that emerge from these accounts.

No prior knowledge skills or experiences are required to take this module, and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students. This module is suitable for students studying Politics, International Relations or Geography.

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