Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2065: Secrets, Lies and Spies

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

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:


-          Introduction to Module: Definitions, Events, Popular Discourse

-          Reason of State: If you can’t feign, you can’t reign?

-          Liberalism and Public Reason: Can Liberal Democracies Deceive?

-          The Gaze of Transparency

-          Propaganda and the Media

-          Freedom of Information and the Quality of Deliberation

-          Selling the Iraq War: An Honourable Deception?

-          International Transparency and Inspection Regimes

-          Intelligence Oversight: Security vs. Human Rights?

-          The Politics of Leaking: The Pentagon Papers, Wikileaks and Snowden

-          Debate

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 Activity2211 x 2 hour seminars
Guided independent study15Composing entries for online discussion forum
Guided independent study45Reading assignments and preparing responses for seminar questions
Guided independent study40Research and composition of essay
Guided independent study28Research and preparation of parliamentary debate

Online Resources

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