Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3126: New York Field Trip

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

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


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (6 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Delacey Tedesco (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Politics takes place, makes place, and is shaped by place in many different ways: not just through elections, policy, and diplomacy but also through community organizing, development proposals, memorialization practices, and access to public goods and public space. This module focuses critical attention on how people manage collective life in everyday settings as well as national and global structures, combining taught theory and methodology, self-directed studies and an intensive six-day field trip The taught programme situates New York City in contemporary academic literatures at the cutting edge of critical contemporary politics: settler colonialism, postcolonialism and decoloniality; slavery, reparations, and racialization; gender, sex, and sexuality; local/global urbanization; gentrification and displacement; citizenship, protest, and activism; art, aesthetics, and cultural politics; and urban ecology and sustainability. The methods and ethics workshops prepare you to study and analyse how the formal practices of government intersect with the critical politics of everyday life in specific places, drawing not just on politics and international relations, but other relevant disciplines such as geography and anthropology, for insights and research techniques. The field programme enables you to conduct individual and collective research through visits to symbolic spaces of commemoration, negotiation, learning and debate. Together, we will visit places such as museums and memorializations, community organizations, and the 9/11 memorial sites. You will also have dedicated time to pursue your independent research and opportunities to engage with students and scholars at Universities in New York.

No prior knowledge skills or experiences are required to take this module, and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students. This interdisciplinary module is suitable for students studying Politics, International Relations, Geography, Flexible Combined Honours, and the Humanities.

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