Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM807: Independent Study in Political Thought

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

This module allows students to read for a Supervised Long Essay from a range of research areas in which members of the School have particular expertise. There will be at least three supervision meetings: one to initiate the research followed by two meetings to give academic guidance including specific feedback on draft work. Possible areas of study include:

- Constitutionalism and Democracy
- Republican Theory
- Political Representation
- Theories of Civil Society
- Citizenship
- Philosophy of Science
- Methodological issues in the history of political thought
- Continental Political Theory and Philosophy (with particular specialisms in Hegel, Nietzsche, Bergson, Deleuze, Foucault, Levinas, Bataille and Blanchot)
- Early Modern Political Thought (with particular specialisms in Hume, Burke, 18th and 19th century radicalism and Hegel)
- Justice and the Market
- Toleration
- Theories of Equality
- Theories of Power
- Human Rights
- State and Society in the Middle East
- Theories of Radical Democracy
- Sociology of knowledge and culture
- Collective Action
- Approaches to Social Theory
- Philosophy and Methodology of Economics
- Discourse Analysis
- Cultural and Philosophical Anthropology
- Philosophical issues relating to the Holocaust
- Classical and modern concepts of the Self
- Philosophy of Religion

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
3 147 0

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities3 hoursSupervision
Guided independent study147 hoursIndependent study

Online Resources

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