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.

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 Political World of Fashion:

  • What is ‘Fashion’?
  • Politics, pop culture, and aesthetics
  • Rethinking fashion as political site and political method


Approaches to the Politics of Fashion:

  • The International Politics of Fashion
  • Political Economies of Fashion
  • Fashioning Rural/Urban Political Geographies
  • Gender, Bodies, and Fashion
  • Politics of Fashion Curation
  • Politics of Fashion Sustainability


Sites of Fashion Politics:

  • Fashion Shows and the Fashion Calendar
  • The Fashion Protest: fashionrevolution.org
  • Student-led research sites and case studies

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 2211 x 2 hour Students will be given guided opportunities to initiate and lead seminar discussions. Students will be expected to engage with their peers and provide constructive feedback on occasion.
Guided Independent Study43Private study – students are expected to read suggested texts and make notes prior to seminar sessions.
Guided Independent Study85Assessment reading, preparation and writing and writing: 10 hours to formative, peer review, and self-assessment activities 50 hours to independent research, reading, and writing 20 hours to creative research practice 5 hours to presentation preparation

Online Resources

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


Fashion Revolution: www.fashionrevolution.org

Business of Fashion: www.businessoffashion.com

Fashion Week Online: http://fashionweekonline.com