Parties and Elections
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
19 May 2022
Requisites for this module
BA L215 Politics with Business,
BA L216 Politics with Business (Including Placement Year),
BA L217 Politics with Business (including Year Abroad),
BSC LL25 Politics with Business,
BSC LL26 Politics with Business (Including Placement Year),
BSC LL27 Politics with Business (including Year Abroad),
BA L212 Global Politics,
BA L213 Global Politics (including Placement Year),
BA L214 Global Politics (including Year Abroad),
BA L620 Politics with Criminology,
BA L621 Politics with Criminology (Including Placement Year),
BA L622 Politics with Criminology (Including Year Abroad)
This module introduces electoral and party politics in advanced liberal democracies. It examines party systems, party competition, electoral behaviour and party organisation.
1) To provide a broad overview of political processes in and academic debates on electoral and party politics in the UK and Western Europe.
2) To encourage an analytical and critical perspective on political processes and actors that we encounter in academic literature and public affairs.
1) To develop a critical understanding of the main processes and academic debates in electoral and party politics in the UK and Western Europe.
2) To be able to distinguish and critically evaluate alternative theoretical perspectives on key questions in electoral and party politics.
3) To be able to reflect on and discuss the normative implications of alternative theoretical perspectives.
4) To be able to read and discuss critically, verbally and in writing, advanced academic literature and evidence presented therein on electoral and party politics.
No additional information available.
The module will be taught as a weekly two-hour seminar for ten weeks in the Spring Term. Students are expected to read for all classes.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 90 minutes during Summer (Main Period)
||Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 90 minutes during January
||Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 90 minutes during September (Reassessment Period)
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Tobias Bohmelt, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Tobias Bohmelt
Module Supervisor: Dr Tobias Bohmelt
Module Administrator: Jasini Hobbs (email@example.com)
Dr Edward Morgan-Jones
University of Kent
Reader in Comparative Politics
Available via Moodle
Of 523 hours, 10 (1.9%) hours available to students:
513 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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