Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3100F: The Global Politics of Fashion

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

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


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Delacey Tedesco (Convenor)

Available via distance learning


The politics of fashion is a global concern, yet one that operates through uniquely intimate, everyday sites. Fashion in the modern world has always connected to deeply political processes, such as urbanization, industrialization, colonialism, racialization, slavery and gender and class hierarchies. Now, fashion can be connected to global ecological collapse, global circuits of materials, finance, and imagery, and global patterns of production, labour, and consumption. In other words, the everyday practices of fashion help us get at questions that are central to critical global politics, such as sustainability, social justice, and decolonization. How can we understand the politics of the clothes we buy and wear? How can we understand the politics of who produces these clothes, and under what conditions? How can we understand the social, political, and ecological relationships that are signalled through fashion imagery in magazines, advertisements, and social media and materialized through production and consumption? And why, ultimately, does fashion matter for understanding global politics?  This module includes a fieldtrip to introduce students to observation and analysis of sites and events of fashion politics.


No prior knowledge skills or experiences are required to take this module, and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students. This interdisciplinary module is suitable for students studying Politics, International Relations, Geography, Flexible Combined Honours, the Humanities, Fashion and Fine Arts.

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