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.

Module Aims

This module aims to equip you with the conceptual and theoretical knowledge to understand the importance of political participation in democratic society, how habits of political participation are formed, why they differ between generations, how they are affected by the political life cycle, and what the consequences of inequalities in political activity are for the representation of individuals and the health of democratic society. This module will also develop your ability to critically evaluate academic evidence – through application of theories, concepts and data - regarding the evolution of political behaviour and its consequences. Finally, this module will give you the opportunity to use academic theories and conceptual tools to evaluate the effectiveness of policies intended to reduce inequalities in political representation, and to propose new solutions.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of political participation in democracy and its evolution
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of processes driving political change connected to political socialisation and the political life cycle
3. Critically evaluate debates, arguments and evidence regarding the evolution of political participation and its impact on democracy, and relating to policies intended to affect inequalities in political representation
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Critically evaluate data, theories and concepts underpinning academic arguments
5. Independently gather, evaluate and utilise data, arguments and concepts from academic and grey literature
6. Use academic theories and debates to evaluate and inform public debate and policy initiatives
Personal and Key Skills7. Develop and articulate an argument based on independent research and critical evaluation
8. Communicate arguments, data, theories and concepts both verbally and in writing
9. Work independently and with peers to achieve goals