Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3265: Maritime Power and Security in Global Politics

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

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 Seapower – concepts / theory
  • The key maritime thinkers
  • Seapower in history – Bronze age to Age of sail
  • Seapower in history – Age of sail to 1914
  • Seapower in history – Total War and Cold War
  • Contemporary seapower – the UK
  • Contemporary seapower – the USA
  • Contemporary seapower – China
  • Contemporary seapower – Russia
  • Contemporary seapower – the EU
  • Contemporary seapower – Latin America
  • Contemporary seapower – Africa
  • The future of ‘traditional seapower’
  • The future of ‘non-traditional’ seapower – role of non-state actors, ngo’s, terrorism and  seapower

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 Activity4422 x 2-hour seminars
Guided independent study 100Private study - reading and preparing for seminars
Guided independent study 156Preparation for assignments – including researching and collating relevant sources; planning the structure and argument; writing up the essay

Online Resources

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