Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3275: The Politics and Policies of Youth Engagement

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

Miss Rebecca Baker (Convenor)

Available via distance learning


Engaged, enraged, or apathetic? The narrative of young people's engagement or rather disengagement, is complex and evolving. It is often presented as both a symptom and a cause of the deterioration of democracy. But... what do we actually mean by engagement and which democracy is supposed to be deteriorating?

Whilst the decline in traditional forms of participation is most apparent in the youth cohort in the UK and countries of the EU, the module asks you to consider what barriers to participating young people face, and question whether liberal democracy is a sustainable model for yours, and future generations’ engagement in a global context. It will challenge you to consider the role of conceptualisation and political discourse in how policy responses to youth engagement develop. In doing so, the module seeks to promote the potential for democratic renewal found in young people’s perspectives and practices.

There are no pre-requisites for the module. It is suitable for both specialist and non-specialist students and recommended for those studying Politics/International Relations, as well as those on interdisciplinary pathways.  

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