Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3172: Political Participation

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Lorien Jasny (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Political participation is at the core of the democratic system. Who participates, how they do so, and why people participate in politics, shapes any political system. This module examines different forms of political participation with an emphasis on voting and electoral participation in a comparative perspective. Most of the readings are drawn from the UK and US contexts with some from other parts of the world. There is a strong emphasis on class discussion and presentations. You will be expected to apply concepts from the classical readings to current events. Weekly reading summaries will work towards building comprehension and synthesis of the assigned readings. In addition, classroom presentations will bridge the classical and theory-driven readings to current events.


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