Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3199: Images of Democracy

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover the following topics in chronological order:


Part I Radical Democracy

Imagining Democracy

Hatred of Democracy

The Subject of Democracy


Part II Democratic Politics as Civility

The People, the Mob and the Masses

Council Democracy

Deliberation and the public sphere

Desegregating Society

Civil disobedience

Truth and politics

Group presentations


Part III Democratic Politics as Emancipation

Politicising Society

Contesting Representation in the Square

Abolishing Slavery in the Name of the People

Black Lives Matter: Disrupting Common Sense

Riots, Voice and Speech

Women Enacting the Rights of Man

Group presentations

Peer review workshop

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 & Teaching activities4221 x 2 hour seminars, including mini-lectures, class discussion and student presentations
Guided independent study98Reading and preparation for seminars
Guided independent study30Independent reading and preparation of group presentation
Guided independent study130Research and writing of essays

Online Resources

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