Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3194: Rethinking the Politics of Communities

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

  • The sequence of seminars may vary from year to year. However, key themes will include:
  • The history of the political thought of community (Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Tönnies)
  • The emergence of the theory of community in recent communitarian thinking (Dewey, Taylor, Sandel; Etzioni, Putnam)
  • The radicalisation of the theory of community in recent European political theory (Bataille, Nancy, Blanchot, Agamben, Bauman)
  • Case studies of community in contemporary political practice, based on the module convenors own community engaged research (multiculturalism, protest, resistance; virtual communities; asset based community development; engaging communities; performing communities)

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 activities4222x 2 hour seminars
Guided independent study256148hrs seminar preparation, 60hrs research, 48hrs course work

Online Resources

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

video & audio recordings relating to case studies