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.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

While precise content will vary from year to year, the teaching activity will include lectures and seminar activities based on the following topics:

  • Introduction to the study of party politics
  • Ideology, leadership & electoral context of major parties
  • Rise of insurgent parties & independents
  • Party identification & partisanship
  • Electoral shocks and realignment
  • Turnout and voter registration
  • Electoral systems
  • Study of voter behaviour
  • Local politics

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching2211 x 2 hour seminar
Guided Independent Study65Private study, reading and preparing for seminars (approx. 6 hours per seminar)
Guided Independent Study20Researching and writing book review
Guided Independent Study40Researching and writing research report
Guided Independent Study3Receiving and reflecting on feedback

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).