Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM803: Sources in Modernity and Post-Modernity

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module explores some of the main themes in modern and post-modern political thought from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Topics selected may vary from year to year. Main debates covered may comprise several of the following themes: Liberty; Toleration; State and Civil Society; Capitalism and the Market; Social Contract theories; the idea of Enlightenment; Utility and Pleasure; Post-modernity. Topics for the Reading Group vary from year to year, comprising a variety of texts and approaches in political thought.

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 hoursWeekly meetings (2-3 hours per week), comprising both substantive classes, and preparation for and participation in the Reading Group meetings.
Guided independent study278 hoursIndependent study

Online Resources

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