Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3247: Politics of Biology

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 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:

  • 19th century appropriations of Darwinian theory by both laissez-faire capitalist and socialist/anarchist ideology;
  • The role of biological ideas in 20th century eugenics movements and the phenomenon of ‘dehumanisation’;
  • The notions of ‘nature’ and ‘human nature’ in debates around issues such as gender, sexuality, disability, and the use of bio-technologies;
  • The implications of contemporary understandings of development and evolution for our ideas of identity, diversity, the individual and society.

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 Activity2211 x two-hour seminars
Guided Independent Study50Private study – reading and preparing for weekly seminars
Guided Independent Study78Preparation and completion of assessments: independent research and writing

Online Resources

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

ELE – https://vle.exeter.ac.uk/