Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3103: The Resource Paradox: Blessing or Curse?

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

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary, the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

-       Ethical consumption

-       The resource curse and political economy

-       Major theories about the relationship between resources and development

-       Indigenous peoples and land conflict

-       Case studies

-       Conflict minerals

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 seminars, each 2 hours long
Guided Independent Study60For directed reading and completing formative assignment
Guided Independent Study6For completing the media briefing
Guided independent study14For preparing the presentation and debate
Guided independent study48For completing the research essay

Online Resources

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


Development in Practice

Development and Change

Environment and Planning

Extractive Industries and Society


Third World Quarterly