Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2113: Violence, Truth, and Reconciliation: Bearing Witness

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:


  • Understanding Violence and Memory
  • The Camp and The Colony: Reducing life to nakedness
  • Bearing Witness: The ‘inauthenticity’ of testimony
  • Widening the Scope (I): Heterogeneities of bearing witness
  • Widening the Scope (II): The Geographies of bearing witness
  • Disposable Life: The Missing and the left Behind
  • Institutionalisation of Truth: Commissions and Memorialisation
  • ‘The Courage of Truth’: Truth-telling and politics

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 Activities2211 x 2 hour seminars.
Guided Independent Study60Seminar preparation through directed reading.
Guided Independent Study10To prepare for formative assessment: seminar presentations.
Guided Independent Study58To complete research paper and exam revision.