Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2108: Political Geographies: Local to Global

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 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, through both theoretical and practical approaches:

Beginning Where We Are

  • Politics, Space and Place in the Everyday
  • Approaches to Interdisciplinary Knowing: Methods, Forms, and Practices

Modern Political Geography

  • The Space of the State and the International
  • Territory and Place
  • Borders and Boundaries

“We Have Never Been Modern”: Spaces Against the State

  • Feminist and Queer Spaces
  • Coloniality, Racialisation and Post-/Decolonial Political Geographies
  • Urban Geographies

Contemporary Challenges: Selected Studies in Reterritorialization (different every year)

  • Migrations, Refugees, Camps, and Sanctuaries
  • Indigenous Sovereignty Claims
  • Transnationalism and Social Movements
  • Anthropocene, Ecology, and Global Climate Change
  • Spaces of Security: Geopolitics and Urban Geopolitics

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 Activities2211 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study48Private study – students are expected to read suggested texts and make notes prior to seminar sessions. More specifically, students are expected to devote approximately: 48 hours to weekly readings and seminar preparation
Guided Independent Study10Formative activities and reflecting on assessment feedback
Guided independent study40Independent research, reading, and writing
Guided independent study10Portfolio preparation and reflection
Guided independent study 20Critical research essay preparation, editing, peer reviewing

Online Resources

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