Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3282: World Orders: Past, Present, and Future

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 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:

 Part I: Key Concepts

  • Grand Theories and Narratives
  • World Order
  • Power
  • Time and Progress

Part II: World Orders: Past and Present

  • Pre-Modern Orders
  • Rise of ‘the West’ and the Making of the Modern World
  • Westphalian States-System
  • Liberal World Order
  • Capitalist World System
  • Globalisation and Neo-Medievalism
  • Empire, Colonialism, and Race
  • Regions and Civilizations

Pat III: World Orders: Future

  • Thinking about the Future
  • Utopias and Dystopias
  • Case Studies: Scenarios of Future World Orders

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
Schedule Learning and Teaching Activity4422 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study256Weekly preparation for class, preparing for group presentation, essay research drafting and writing.

Online Resources

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