Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3101: Contemporary Political Theory: Race, Class, Gender

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

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

Module Aims

The module aims to provide you with an introduction to major topics in contemporary political theory by presenting major concepts, theoretical debates, historical events and cultural and academic texts. It also aims to link theoretical arguments to empirical examples through employing real world examples and case studies. The aim will be for you to critically analyse the intersection of different forms of structural oppression and how these are constituted along class, gender and race lines. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of contemporary political theory ;
2. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the major critical theories such as feminism, queer theory, post-Marxism and postcolonialism;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Assimilate taught materials and utilise them to analyse different forms of political contestation;
4. Demonstrate knowledge of major political theories and understanding of how to apply them to real world examples;
Personal and Key Skills5. Research and write analytical essays;
6. Formulate critical arguments; and
7. Communicate arguments effectively through written submissions.