Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2026: Political Analysis: Behaviour, Institutions, Ideas

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Main Topics to be covered:
1. The study of Politics: Explaining, Understanding, Evaluating
2. Rational choice and political action
3. Rational actors or rational fools? Substantive and procedural rationality
4. Collective action and social choice
5. Trust in Politics
6. Social Capital and democratic participation

7. Do Institutions matter?
8. Constructing political reality
9. Feminism and Ideologies
10. Concepts in political language and political analysis

11. Norms and political argument

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 & Teaching activities 18Overview of topics by module convenor in weekly Lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 10Small group discussion of key texts in weekly Tutorials
Guided independent study 40Reading and preparation for tutorials
Guided independent study 82Research and writing of essays

Online Resources

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