Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3057: Biopolitics

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

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Core Texts: specific readings for each week will be available on ELE


Lemke, T. (2011). Biopolitics: An Advanced Introduction. NYU Press (available as ebook)


Introduction to thinking about ‘biopolitics’: Liesen, L.T. & Walsh, M.B. (2012) The competing meanings of “biopolitics” in political science. Politics and the Life Sciences, 31(1), pp.2–15:  http://www.jstor.org/stable/23359808


Theme One: Human? Nature?

Bowler, Peter (2003) Evolution: The History of an Idea (Berkeley University Press).

Milam, Erika, Looking for a Few Good Males: Female Choice in Evolutionary Biology (Baltimore, 2010).


Theme Two: Friends and Neighbours

Demillo, M (2012) Animals and society: an introduction to human-animal studies. New York: Columbia University Press

Jorgensen, D., Jorgensen, F.A. & Pritchard, S., 2014. New Natures. University of Pittsburgh Press


Theme Three: Health and Care

Dobson, A., Barker, K. & Taylor, S.L. (eds., 2013). Biosecurity: The Socio-Politics of Invasive Species and Infectious Diseases, Routledge.

Mol, A (2008) The logic of care: health and the problem of patient choice. London: Routledge


Theme Four: Futures

Turney, J. (2010) The rough guide to the future. London: Penguin

Stapleton, P. and Byers, A. (eds) (2015) Biopolitics and Utopia: an interdisciplinary reader. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan


The College has produced a fantastic resource to support library and research skills, including Politics specific material: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3611  


Journals and many other electronic resources can be accessed through the library’s main search portal: https://as.exeter.ac.uk/library/  

Web of Knowledge – for searching academic journals: http://wok.mimas.ac.uk/

Google Scholar - particularly useful for finding open access copies of material not available through the library: http://scholar.google.co.uk