Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1006: State and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 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:
• The syllabus will vary according to the expertise of the lecturers who teach the module and according to the political and social debates which students may be interested in each year. Topics are likely to include: introduction to comparative politics,
• the state,
• nationalism,
• the definition of and differences between democracies and dictatorships,
• variation within democracies and dictatorships, elections, and the social and political who compete over power within these systems of rule.

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 activity16.511 weekly x 1.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and teaching activity1010 weekly x 1 hour seminars
Guided Independent study41.5Preparation for essay - including researching and collating relevant sources; planning the structure and argument; writing up the essay.
Guided Independent study42Preparation for examination – including researching and collating relevant materials, reviewing lecture and seminar notes, examining past papers, making detailed revision notes.
Guided Independent study40Private study – reading and preparing for seminars; contributing to the discussion forum on ELE; taking the online quizzes on ELE; and preparing notes for seminars (see below in ‘Formative Assessment’).

Online Resources

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

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/


Box of broadcasts: http://bobnational.net/

British social attitudes survey: http://www.britsocat.com/Body.aspx?control=HomePage

Google blogs: http://blogsearch.google.com/

Popline: http://www.popline.org/

Other resources:

University Library DVD collection