Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM021: Power and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 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:


Friedrich Nietzsche’s account of power, including the birth of the state.

Michel Foucault, power and the modern state.

Their legacy in contemporary debates, explored through a number of recent articles. 

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 Activities2211 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study198Seminar preparation: Reading, notetaking, preparing to introduce texts
Guided Independent Study80Reading for and writing essays

Online Resources

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