Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3275: The Politics and Policies of Youth Engagement

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover for example the following topics: 

  • The decline of democracy; which ‘democracy’ and why?
  • The challenges and opportunities in the measurement and conception of participation
  • Alternative, alienated and apathetic: causes and consequences of youth disengagement
  • Young People’s Politics: Brexit, the Climate Crisis, Inequality, Protest and Political Literacy
  • Comparative approaches: central policy responses to youth disengagement in the UK and EU, with a focus on civic education and the rise of deliberative democracy
  • Global participation; with a focus on the MENA region post ‘Arab spring’ and the contemporary protests in Asia

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 Activity2211 x 2-hour seminars
Guided Independent Study50Private study; reading and preparing for seminars
Guided Independent Study78Preparation for assessments; including researching and collating relevant sources; planning the structure and argument; writing up the essay and constructing the research brief

Online Resources

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