Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2065: Spies, Secrets and Lies

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

Seminar Topic & Sample Questions

Week 1 Introduction to Module: Definitions, Events, Popular Discourse

Part One: Approaches to the Study of Openness and Deception

Week 2 Reason of State: If you can’t feign, you can’t reign?
Week 3 Liberalism and Public Reason: Can Liberal Democracies Deceive?
Week 4 The Gaze of Transparency

Part Two: Contemporary dilemmas

Week 5 Propaganda and the Media
Week 6 Freedom of Information and the Quality of Deliberation
Week 7 Selling the Iraq War: An Honourable Deception?
Week 8 International Transparency and Inspection Regimes
Week 9 Intelligence Oversight: Security vs. Human Rights?
Week 10 The Politics of Leaking: The Pentagon Papers, Wikileaks and Snowden
Week 11 Team Debate

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 seminars
Guided independent study11Composing entries for online discussion forum
Guided independent study56Reading assignments and preparing responses for seminar questions
Guided independent study5Composition of critical self-reflection
Guided independent study56Research and composition of essay

Online Resources

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