Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC1009: State, Society and Culture

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

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

Module Aims

The state is ubiquitous in the study of politics and international studies but what are states, how did they emerge and how relevant are they to contemporary political analysis? Drawing on traditional and more modern theories of the state, and by focusing on significant contemporary political issues such as migration, consumption, human rights, global social movements, inequality, and terrorism, students of this module will explore how the intensification of economic, political and cultural globalisation has called into question the nature of the state and why social structures and cultural issues are important to students of modern political analysis.
• To introduce first year students to key debates on the significance of the state, society and culture to the study and practice of politics.
• To introduce students to some of the key issues, debates and ideas that have shaped the study of the state and its relationship to society and culture.
• To familiarise students with debates on the decline of the nation state and the fragmentation of power and its implications.
• To familiarise students with core concepts in politics and the analysis of power.
• To provide students with analytical skills with which to evaluate the role of state, society and culture in political life.

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. Discuss, analyse and critically evaluate competing perspectives on the significance of state, society and culture in political analysis.
2. Demonstrate the ability to critically engage with key concepts in the study of politics and power.
3. Apply theoretical perspectives to analyse an array of issues in contemporary politics and demonstrate an awareness of the value and limitations of these perspective.
4. Understand, recognise and evaluate the significance of institutional and everyday practices for politics.
Discipline-Specific Skills5. The ability to distinguish among competing theoretical, conceptual and empirical approaches to the study of state, society and culture.
6. Awareness of the key concepts used in the study of politics.
7. The ability to critically and comparatively engage with work that examines power, political culture, citizenship and globalisation.
8. Practice in articulating one's own political and ethical viewpoints.
9. Practice in listening to the opinions of others, attentively and respectively.
10. Engage in constructive and reasoned criticism of theories.
11. List, describe and evaluate different interpretations in the light of appropriate evidence.
12. Use logic and reasoning to evaluate arguments.
13. Apply abstract theoretical ideas and concepts to actual events and outcomes.
14. Construct well-structured and rigorous arguments in support of an analysis.
Personal and Key Skills15. The ability to study independently.
16. To communicate effectively orally.
17. To communicate effectively in written work.
18. To use ICT as a tool for accessing appropriate resources and presenting work clearly.
19. Research, critically evaluate and organise information.
20. Apply techniques and theories appropriately.