Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3172: Political Participation

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Classical and Contemporary Theories of Political Participation
  • Voter Turnout
  • Political Knowledge
  • Information and Participation
  • Socio-economic status and participation
  • Identity and Participation
  • Religion and Participation
  • Social Networks
  • The Internet and Social Media
  • Downsides of participation

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 and Teaching Activities2211 x 2 hr seminars. Teaching is conducted through introductory lectures, followed by student-led seminars. The main emphasis is on weekly seminar presentations, for which all students are expected to read background materials to make possible their active participation in discussion
Guided Independent Study80Reading, preparation for seminars and class presentation, writing weekly summaries
Guided Independent Study48Writing 1 essay applying concepts in the course to current or historical examples

Online Resources

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