Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2120: Democratic Innovations, Deliberation and Public Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Alice Moseley (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module offers you a chance to learn about a variety of ‘democratic innovations’ – forms of non-electoral political participation which involve citizens deliberating on topics to inform political decision-making. Interest in such innovations, rooted in theories of deliberative democracy, has grown in the context of disaffection with ‘formal’ representative politics, political polarisation and the rise of populism. They have recently been called for by protest groups such as XR as a means of generating bold action on climate change. We discuss the theory and practice of deliberative democratic institutions, and their role within broader political processes, using examples from around the world. There are no pro-requisites or co-requisites for this module.

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