Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2104: Party Politics and Democracy

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

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to provide you with a detailed examination of the place of parties in representative democracies. A key emphasis of the module will be to enrich your understanding of the role of political parties both in the historical development of representative democracy and in its contemporary crises, using a range of theoretical approaches and empirical studies. Through taking this course and fully participating  you will leave with a grasp of key debates in party studies and theories of partisanship and knowledge of historical and contemporary trends in the relationship between democracy and party politics.

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 good knowledge of the role of partisan agency in the historical development of representative democracy and in its contemporary crises.
2. Assess the democratic merits of party strategies in Europe and the US from a range of theoretical perspective.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary debates in the field of party studies.
4. Display knowledge of diverse approaches to the democratic functions of political parties and a capacity to apply these theoretical tools to empirical case studies.
Personal and Key Skills5. Conduct independent research and exercise critical reasoning in weighing academic arguments
6. Demonstrate analytical capacity and structure in written and oral expression