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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3186: Law, Politics and Power

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics. Your study will be focused on, and organized around, key linking questions and problems in order to support continuity and cohesive coverage.

  • Classical liberalism and the social contract, the emergence of democracy and the nature of modern liberal democracy, from the 1600s to today.
  • The theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in the 1800s and the ways in which the subsequent theory and practice of Communist state systems built on and adapted them.
  • The emergence of Fascism in Italy after the First World War (1914-1918), the rise of the Fascist state, the development of Fascist ideology, and the question of a wider concept of ‘generic fascism’.
  • The emergence of National Socialism (Nazism) in Germany after the First World War, the end of the Weimar Republic, the rise of the Nazi state, the question of Nazi ideology, and the ongoing debate about the nature of ‘Nazi law’.

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 & Teaching activities2211 x 2 hour lectures / large group activities
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities4.53 x 1.5 hour workshops
Guided independent study444 hours reading before and/or after each lecture
Guided independent study186 hours reading before and/or after each workshop
Guided independent study61.5Reading, revision and preparation of assessments

Online Resources

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

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages