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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2114: Anthropology of the State

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 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:

  • Three Perspectives on the State (Conservative, Marxist, and Libertarian)
  • The Problem of Defining the Boundaries of the State
  • Archaeological Approaches to the State
  • Statelessness as a Choice
  • Statelessness as an Imposition
  • The Welfare State
  • The Carceral State
  • The Islamic State
  • Divine Kingship
  • The Theatre State and the Galactic Polity

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
22128

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity1111 x 1 Hour Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity1111 x 1 Hour Seminars
Guided Independent Study12Research Paper Proposal
Guided Independent Study56Weekly Reading for Seminars
Guided Independent Study20Weekly Discussion Posts
Guided Independent Study40Research Paper

Online Resources

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