Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SPA3001: Debates, Issues and Practices
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
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:
What are disciplines? Overview of SPA and different disciplinary perspectives. Broader overview of the historical and institutional emergence and pliability of disciplines.
Approaches to Interdisciplinarity – inter, cross and multi-disciplinarity. Institutional and socio-political contexts for facilitating or undermining interdisciplinary initiatives. Examples of interdisciplinarity across social, natural, biomedical sciences and humanities. Logics of Interdisciplinarity.
Contemporary Research Topic or Current Issue – discussed from different disciplinary perspectives, and in terms of inter-disciplinary collaboration. The following topics/issues are suggestions but will be adapted in light of what is current.
- Health and Wellbeing (eg ageing population and dementia; recent pandemic outbreaks). Anthropology, Philosophy, Sociology
- Political and Economic Issues (eg Brexit; financial crisis; globalization). Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy
- Disasters (eg Grenfell; Catastrophic flooding; chemical and nuclear accidents). Criminology, Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies (STS).
- New Media and Information Science (eg Big Data and Knowledge, machine learning and robotics; surveillance society). Philosophy, Criminology, Sociology
- Technoscientific Innovation and Society (eg Artificial Meat; stem cells; nanotechnology). Anthropology, STS, Philosophy
- Inequalities, Discrimination and Resistance (eg Me Too movement; Black Lives Matter; Educational Inequalities) Sociology (Q-Step), Anthropology and Philosophy
- Nature, Animals and Environment (eg Plastic pollution, badger culling, electric/self-driving vehicles). Anthropology, STS, Philosophy
- Employment, Families, State (eg Precarity/Precariat, neoliberal state and austerity, debt). Sociology (Q-Step), Anthropology, Criminology.
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||11 x 2-hour workshops|
|Guided Independent Study||68||Reading Assignments|
|Guided Independent Study||60||Essay Preparation (including collection of materials, and essay writing)|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).