Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM036: Knowledge Exchange in the Field

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst 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:

Core Knowledge Exchange skills

  • Effective communication skills; identification of and engagement with multiple publics
  • Creating and developing public impacts with research findings.
  • Influencing and learning from policy agendas: effective engagement with policy makers
  • Clarity in writing for wider audiences.

Knowledge exchange in the context of food, agriculture, sustainability and the environment

  • Developing debates around agricultural extension - engagement with farming communities and new technologies
  • Adoption and adaption of technologies in local contexts; Ethical and political debates around new technologies.
  • The social contexts of knowledge exchange; working towards sustainable farming and land management.
  • Publics, public engagement, impact and participation.
  • Transitions to sustainability in developed and developing countries.

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 Activities147 x 2 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities7External visit
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities42 x 2 hour seminars (student presentations)
Guided Independent Study40Reading
Guided Independent Study77Assignment preparation: conducting research, critical analysis, and writing the finished product.
Guided Independent Study8Preparation for individual presentation
Guided Independent Study150Research and writing of strategy document

Online Resources

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