Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2020: Contemporary Theories of World Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 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:

  • Theorizing international relations
  • National security interests
  • National security interests (bounded rationality)
  • Global economic factors
  • Identities
  • Identities (2)
  • Language
  • Colonial legacy
  • Gender
  • IR theories today: a fragmented field
  • Conclusions

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 and Teaching activity16.511 x 1.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity1010 x 1 hour tutorials
Guided Independent study123.5A variety of private study tasks directed by module leader and seminar tutors. These tasks may include:- Reading and note-taking in preparation for class (60 hours); Case analysis preparation (conducting research, writing the finished product) (31.5 hours); Essay preparation (conducting research, writing the finished product) (32 hours)

Online Resources

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