Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2118: Land, Power and Politics: a Critical Problem-Based Approach

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Nick Kirsop-Taylor (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Land is power, and the exercise of power is political.  In this module you learn about critical contemporary controversies in the politics of land and power through cases such as land grabbing in sub-Saharan Africa, apportioning indigenous land rights in the Amazon, and the third global extinction event.  Initially you will gain an understanding of key theoretical debates and discourse illuminated through historical and international case studies, before moving onto a number of important contemporary critical perspectives from the feminist, post-colonial, political, ecological and other critical traditions. 

In weekly seminars you will be set the challenge of solving a number of contemporary ‘problems’ in this field; such as ‘creating a stakeholder dialogue forum for the Keystone XL Pipeline’, or ‘accounting for the customary communal land tenure rights of Indonesian peasant farmers in national policy’.  These seminars will be geared towards role-playing the ‘consultancy experience’ to support your understanding and learning about transferable employment skills and opportunities in postgraduate consultancy roles.  These will include important learning about the structure, form, and expectations in consultancy roles, whilst also building your skills for addressing critical contemporary ‘problems’ through problem-based learning.

There are no previous requirements for this module.

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