Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3146: Party Politics, Voters and Elections in Britain

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

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


NQF Level 7.5
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


Elections and political parties sit at the heart of our democracy. They shape public debate and are pivotal to the decisions we take about which issues should be prioritised and how to solve social problems. At the same time, British party politics and the relationships between them and their voters are changing – making elections less predictable and making room for insurgents to challenge the parties that have dominated the political system.

This module will equip you with the knowledge, conceptual tools and skills to observe, analyse and explain electoral politics in Britain. You will learn about the British party system and how it is changing, theories and tools (such as polling) used to explain voter behaviour and party campaigns, the electoral systems used in the UK, and local party politics and campaigns in Cornwall. You will also have the chance to use polling data to analyse recent elections and current affairs, and make predictions about future elections and party fortunes.


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