Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2163: Pandemic Politics: Studying the Social and Political Context of COVID-19

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:

  • The Politics of Pandemics: What We Know So Far
  • Do political attitudes influence how people respond to Covid?
  • Populist Leaders and Pandemics
  • Who Should Be Responsible: International Organisations:
  • Brexit and Belonging in the age of COVID-19
  • News, Information and Covid
  • Health Policy Politics and Pandemics
  • Which Experts? The Politics of Expertise in Pandemics
  • Are Women Leaders Better at Managing the Crisis?

Misinformation and Pandemics

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 Activities 22 11 x 2 hour interactive lectures online – sessions will be group work (break out online rooms) and lectures.
Guided Independent Study 5.5 11 x 30 minutes online lecture prep - preparatory online sessions, providing an introduction to lecture topics in advance of scheduled 2 hour interactive sessions (scheduled learning)
Guided Independent Study 55 (11 x 5 hours) hours completing preparation for weekly seminar (e.g. completing reading, viewing assigned video material and quizzes to assess comprehension)
Guided Independent Study 217.5 Preparing summative and formative assessments

Online Resources

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