Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3266: Elections and Voting in Britain

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module’s precise content may vary from year to year, but it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Holding British General Elections (formalities of calling an election, fixed-term parliament act, electoral administration, campaign periods, voting system, announcing results).
  • Other elections in Britain (introduction to how local and regional elections are held in Britain).
  • Polling and election forecasting in Britain (evolution of polling, polling methodology, polling accuracy and uncertainty, forecasting elections).
  • Exit Polls (evolution and methodology of exit poll, record of exit polls, impact on election coverage).
  • Psephology of British elections (introduction to psephology, studying trends in results and trends in voter behaviour).
  • Changes in modern voter behaviour and implications for British elections (classic and new theories on voter cleavages in British politics i.e. class, gender, ethnicity, nationalism, education, tactical voting).

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 teaching activities8Four, two-hour sessions creating a mini ‘Introduction to R’ course within the module. No prior knowledge assumed.
Scheduled learning and teaching activities7Bite-size lectures.
Scheduled learning and teaching activities7Group discussions and guided group study (seminar style format).
Guided independent study40Completing lab assignments and preparation for summative assessment 2.
Guided independent study32Reading and preparing for lecture and seminar sessions.
Guided independent study34Preparation for summative assignment 1.
Guided independent study12Preparation for formative assignment 2.
Guided independent study10Receiving and reflecting on feedback.

Online Resources

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

Other Learning Resources