Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3137: The Politics of Knowledge and Ignorance

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

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

Module Aims

To introduce students to key theories of knowledge and how they relate to core political concepts, approaches and debates in the contemporary world.


To enable students to apply these different theoretical/analytical lenses to political issues of interest to them.


To provide students with a challenging provocation about their own assumptions of knowledge


To support students to develop their original proposal.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical work in knowledge politics and critical debates inherent
2. Apply theory to critically analyse contemporary examples of knowledge politics
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Critically analyse theoretical and empirical materials using appropriate theoretical concepts and frameworks.
4. Define complex political problems and identify their relative significance.
5. Exercise informed judgement concerning the practical implications of different standpoints
6. Locate arguments within their historical contexts.
Personal and Key Skills7. Construct a reasoned and logical argument through well-structured speech and writing
8. Communicate effectively through well-structured speech and writing.
9. Work independently and with peers to achieve common goals.