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 Content

Syllabus Plan

1. States and state formation
2. Classic and contemporary ideas of citizenship
3. The limits of citizenship I: patriarchy, political economy, racism and heteronormativity
4. Theories of power: top down, bottom up or something else?
5. Socialisation, media and culture
6. The limits of citizenship II: Immigration, globalisation and risk
7. Global civil society, economic liberalisation and ‘new’ social movements
8. Democracy and human rights
9. New and old wars: violence and ‘asymmetric’ threats
10. The decline of the state?
11. Revision lecture

Seminars (case studies)
1. Is Britain a classless society?
2. The anti-war movement
3. The British Social Attitudes Survey
4. Counter-terrorism in the UK
5. Consumerism and the fair trade movement
6. Gender-based violence in ‘failed’ and ‘failing’ states
7. The war on terror

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 Activities150The unit will be delivered through 11 weekly lectures and 7 seminars. Each lecture will be based on themes set out in the module handbook. Each seminar will provide students with the opportunity to examine these themes in depth, guided by questions posed by the lecturer.

Online Resources

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