Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3199: Images of Democracy

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

While the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, the module will primarily focus on a close reading of two key texts: Hannah Arendt’s, The Human Condition and Jaques Rancière’s Disagreement. We will read these texts alongside other secondary sources and primary texts, which help to place the in context. The pace of the seminars and some of the themes to be covered will be decided in conversation with the seminar group from year to year. Some likely themes include: forms of social exclusion, the nature of conflict, violence and politics, rights claiming, the idea of ‘the people’, and political judgment.

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 & Teaching activities4221 x 2 hour seminars, including mini-lectures, class discussion and student presentations
Guided independent study98Reading and preparation for seminars
Guided independent study30Independent reading and preparation of group presentation
Guided independent study130Research and writing of essays

Online Resources

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