Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3283: Hope and Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content will vary from year to year, the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics related to the broad question of the nature of political hope: 

  • Hope as mere desire: concept of hope in analytic philosophy and moral psychology. 

  • The value of hope for politics. 

  • Hope as political value/virtue. 

  • Richard Rorty and the idea of liberal hope. 

  • Hope and political privilege. 

  • Hope in the socialist tradition. 

  • Hope and feminist theory. 

  • Hopelessness and political despair. 

  • The conceptual relationship between hope, faith, and love. 

  • Human rights as expression of hope. 

  • Political critiques of hope. 

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 Activity 4422 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study94Preparing for seminars: Reading and research
Guided Independent Study162Completing assessment tasks: Reading, research and writing

Online Resources

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