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Course Details in 2019/20 Session

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Module Title LH Parties, Voters and Elections
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 27849
Module Lead Dr Tim Haughton
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1 or 2
Restrictions None
Description This module examines three central components of political systems: parties, elections and voters. The module examines how parties are organized, financed and regulated before focusing on a variety of party systems from across the globe seeking to explain why they vary and what explains party system change. The module then examines different electoral systems and theories of electoral behaviour, before exploring the role played by political marketing and campaigns. The module concludes by reflecting on the role and future of political parties in modern democracies.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Identify, analyse and explain how parties are organized
  • Compare and contrast the form and content of party systems from a variety of different geographical regions
  • Compare, contrast and evaluate the impact of different electoral systems
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate the main theories explaining voting behaviour and electoral performance.
Assessment 27849-01 : 1000 Word Campaign Briefing Paper : Coursework (25%)
27849-02 : 3 Hour Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (75%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 1 x 1000 word briefing paper (25%); 1 x 3 hour exam (75%)
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