Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM077: The Politics of Human Rights

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

While 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:

Pragmatism and cosmopolitanism (Ignatieff & Benjabib)

Human rights and the concept of the political (Arendt)

Biopolitics and the state of exception (Foucault and Schmitt)

Abandonment and bare life (Agamben)

Human rights dissensus (Rancière)

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 Activities22 hours11 x 2 hour seminars
Guided independent study78 hoursReading and preparation for seminars
Guided independent study70 hoursResearch and writing shorter essay
Guided independent study130 hoursResearch and writing formative research proposal and longer essay

Online Resources

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