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 Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover at least some of the following topics:


  • Theories of knowledge, discourse and power
  • Epistemological injustice
  • Self-knowledge and sexual politics
  • Knowledge economies - ownership and commodification of knowledge
  • Government and secrets / freedom of information
  • Knowledge and evidence in policy making and political life
  • Environmental knowledges and controversies
  • Dissertation proposal development

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 activity2211 x 2 hour weekly seminars
Guided independent study128Reading assignments 58 hours Formative assessment preparation 10 hours Presentation preparation 20 hours Critical Knowledge Project 40 hour

Online Resources

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