Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2124: Political Analysis

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 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 at least some of the following topics:

  • Understanding foundational concepts: What is the Political in Political Analysis?
  • Social science debates between epistemological paradigms
  • Feminist, Queer and Decolonising methodologies
  • Choosing a suitable topic for political analysis
  • Writing a Literature Review
  • Designing a research proposal

Introduction to a range of tools and methods including document analysis, discourse analysis, archival research, textual and visual analysis 

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 activity 2211 x 2.5 hour weekly seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 33 x 1 hour small group assessment seminar
Guided Independent study40Preparation for seminars
Guided Independent study85Completion of coursework

Online Resources

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

  • ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages
  • Kanopy;
  • podcasts;
  • blogs and vlogs;
  • cultural productions (songs; music videos; films; performances);
  • policy briefs;
  • annual reports from selected international organizations