Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3203: Comparative Public Opinion

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

  • The nature of political attitudes
  • Understanding quantitative research
  • Attitude formation
  • Political conflict I: left/right ideology
  • Political conflict II: European party systems
  • Models of voting behaviour
  • Political sophistication
  • Information processing
  • Ambivalent attitudes
  • The role of emotions
  • Data sources and tools to analyze quantitative data
  • Public support for political systems
  • Public opinion and theories of European integration
  • Utilitarianism and EU support
  • Identity politics I: Anti-immigrant sentiments
  • Identity politics II: cosmopolitanism and European identity
  • Identity politics III: far right parties
  • Party cueing and its limits
  • Attitudes towards the redistribution of resources within and across nations
  • Voting behaviour in referendums
  • Understanding Brexit

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 activities442 hour weekly seminars with a mix of short formal lectures, student led seminar, and collective discussion
Guided Independent Study98Preparing for seminars: reading and research
Guided Independent Study158Completing assessment tasks: reading, research and writing

Online Resources

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