Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC1023: Participating in Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

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

Module Aims

This module provides a clear and inspiring introduction to different types of political participation in democratic countries. The module will enable you to reflect critically and creatively on the idea of a democratic phoenix. It will introduce you to the main ways of engaging in politics, and illustrate the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of political participation.  In so doing it develops your reading and analytical skills as well as verbal and written skills.

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. analyse and understand the channels open for citizens to participate in politics in democratic countries
2. understand, evaluate and apply a range of concepts and theories about political participation to understand how and why political participation varies cross countries;
3. appreciate the efficacy of different types of political participation for achieving social or policy change;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. identify and discuss core political concepts around political participation;
5. understand how survey evidence is (mis)used in the study of political participation;
Personal and Key Skills6. apply scholarly reflections to own political participation;
7. present coherent arguments in a ‘call to action’ for political participation; and
8. communicate effectively in your written and oral work.