Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC1018: Foundations in Political Thinking: From Early Christianity to the Renaissance

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

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

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:

The Roman inheritance

Christian Political Theory

Augustine, Aquinas, Christian Aristotelianism and Natural Law

Machiavelli’s Prince and Discourses

More and Christian Humanism

The Reformation, power and the social contract in Hobbes and Spinoza.

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
27.5122.50

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching16.511 x 1.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching1111 x 1 hour seminars are based on lecture topics. Every student will be expected to present a tutorial paper during the year.
Guided independent study122.5Independent study, including preparation for lectures and seminars, reading set texts and secondary material, and preparation for assessments.

Online Resources

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

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/