Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3106: Biopolitics of Security

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:

 Introduction to Biopolitics.

  • Governmentality: Understanding the ‘conduct of conduct.’
  • Creating Bare Life and States of Exception: Understanding life reduced to nakedness.
  • Regulating Death.
  • Surveillance and Control: Understanding how societies are governed and regulated.
  • Resistance to Biopolitics.

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 Activities2211x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study50Seminar preparation through directed reading
Guided Independent Study6To complete the formative essay plan
Guided independent study24To complete the review essay
Guided independent study48To complete the critical research paper.

Online Resources

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