Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3145: Political Behaviour across Generations and the Life Course

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


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

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Stuart Fox ()





Available via distance learning


Democracy depends on an engaged and active citizenry, prepared to hold elites to account and promote their interests. Yet recent trends in electoral participation show successive generations are becoming increasingly unlikely to vote or interact with political parties. At the same time, the growth of protest politics raises questions about whether young people are disengaging from democracy or driving the evolution of democratic participation. This module therefore introduces you to the study of political behaviour, how it is shaped by political socialisation and the political life cycle, and its evolution across political generations. This module will also consider debates about the implications of this evolution for inequalities in political representation and the future health of democracy. Finally, you will also consider the effectiveness of policy measures intended to reduce inequalities in political participation.

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