Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3100: The Politics of Fashion

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

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


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Delacey Tedesco (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The politics of fashion is at once personal in appearance and global in scope, raising several significant questions. How can we understand the politics of the clothes we buy and wear? How can we understand the politics of who produces these clothes, and under what conditions? How can we understand the social, political, and ecological relationships that are signaled through representations of fashion and materialized through its various systems and practices? And why, ultimately, does fashion matter for political analysis? This module will focus on key approaches to the politics of fashion, through which we will encounter and analyze different conceptual and empirical accounts of both ‘fashion’ and ‘politics.’ By engaging claims about the aesthetic, sovereign, economic, embodied, gendered, colonial, and spatial/geographic dimensions of fashion, you will gain a deeper understanding of debates over contemporary definitions and practices of politics.


No prior knowledge skills or experiences are required to take this module, and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students. This interdisciplinary module is suitable for students studying Politics, International Relations, Geography, Flexible Combined Honours, the Humanities, Fashion and Fine Arts.

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