Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2018: National and Community Identity

This module descriptor refers to the 2024/5 academic year.

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


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (10 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Joanie Willett (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Identity politics is a topic which infuses all levels of political debate, from big questions around ethnicity and race, to smaller, and more subtle questions, such as what can I absorb into my identity?  This latter puzzle carries enormous implications that reverberate throughout both domestic and global politics.  In this module you will explore how identities function both within communities and groups, but also regarding an individuals sense of self, and what problems and possibilities this opens.


The first part of the module develops a range of theoretical tools, which later are applied to specific and topical case studies, encouraging students to think critically around some ‘taken for granted’ issues.


Whilst prior studies of politics would be an advantage (particularly around political analysis, international studies and policy), interdisciplinary students would also find this a satisfying topic within which to engage.

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