Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC1028: Modern Political Theory

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 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 from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


Political Theory: Ancient and Modern  

Machiavelli Power Politics

Hobbes: A New Science of Politics  

Locke: Consent and Limited Government 

Rousseau: The Social Contract  

Rousseau and The French Revolution 

The American Revolution and the Federalists 

Radicalising Revolution: Feminism and Slavery 

Marx’s Critique of Alienation 

Marx: The Communist Manifesto

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 Activities16.511 x 1.5 hour lectures and a half hour duration
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities1111 x 1 hour tutorials
Guided Independent Study45directed reading;
Guided independent study6completing the formative research outline
Guided independent study26.5completing the essay
Guided Independent Study45studying for the exam

Online Resources

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