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Elections, Public Opinions and Parties (Including Year Abroad)

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Elections, Public Opinions and Parties (Including Year Abroad)
Inactive
University of Essex
University of Essex
Government
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Politics and International Relations
BA L291
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
15/04/2017

A-levels: BBB

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English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

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If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

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eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 GV100-4-AU Introduction to Politics Core 15
02 GV110-4-AU Scientific Reasoning for the Social Sciences Core 15
03 GV101-4-SP Democracy: Forms and Futures Core 15
04 GV112-4-SP Comparative Political Analysis Core 15
05 Autumn option from list Optional 15
06 GV164-4-SU Doing Political Research Compulsory 15
07 Spring option from list Optional 15
08 Autumn or Spring option from list Optional 15
09 GV711-4-FY Career Portfolio Compulsory 0

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 GV207-5-AU Political Analysis: Introduction to OLS Compulsory 15
02 GV202-5-AU Political Behaviour Compulsory 15
03 GV205-5-SP Measuring Public Opinion Compulsory 15
04 GV203-5-SP Parties and Elections Compulsory 15
05 Option from list Optional 15
06 Option from list Optional 15
07 Option from list Optional 15
08 Option from list Optional 15
09 GV711-5-FY Career Portfolio Compulsory 0

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 AW600-6-FY Compulsory 60

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 GV303-6-SP Electoral Behaviour Compulsory 15
02 Option from list Optional 30
03 Option from list Optional 30
04 Option from list Optional 30
05 Option from list Optional 15
06 GV711-6-FY Career Portfolio Compulsory 0

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

- To introduce students to notions of representative democracy and the role therein played by elections and parties.
- To familiarise students with cross-national differences in party and electoral systems and the effects of these differences.
- To help students understand the different theoretical frameworks for understanding the behaviour of voters and parties.
- To introduce students to the notion of research design and to make them critical consumers of existing research in the field of elections, public opinion and parties.
- To give students the data management and statistical skills required to conduct public opinion research, whether in an academic or workplace context.

The aim of the Year Abroad is:
- To enable students to broaden their understanding of elections, public opinions and parties by studying in a partner institution abroad for one academic year.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Understanding of notions of representative democracy and the role therein played by elections and parties
A2 Familarity with cross-national differences in party and electoral systems and the effects of these differences
A3 Knowledge of the different theoretical frameworks for understanding the behaviour of voters and parties
A4 Familiarity with the major types of research design and of the key criteria for evaluating these designs
A5 Awareness of the key sources of data for analysing elections and the behaviour of citizens and parties
A6 Knowledge of the basic statistical methods used to analyse public opinion data
A7 Knowledge of key developments, issues and debates in the specialist subjects chosen for study.
Learning Methods: To introduce students to notions of representative democracy and the role therein played by elections and parties.

To familiarise students with cross-national differences in party and electoral systems and the effects of these differences.

To help students understand the different theoretical frameworks for understanding the behaviour of voters and parties.

To introduce students to the notion of research design and to make them critical consumers of existing research in the field of elections, public opinion and parties.

To give students the data management and statistical skills required to conduct public opinion research, whether in an academic or workplace context.
Assessment Methods: Modules assessed through a combination of coursework (written essays, assignments, reflective reports and presentations) and closed examinations.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 To develop independent thinking.
B2 To reason critically.
B3 To argue coherently and concisely.
B4 To communicate ideas effectively in writing.
B5 To analyse and evaluate data.
B6 To carry out independent research.
Learning Methods: B1-4 in all modules, via lectures, participation in discussion and debate, and presentations in seminars and classes, reflective essays and other projects, independently produced assignments, oral and written feedback on essays and other assignments, individual interviews and group sessions with Study Skills Officer.

B5 specifically in GV200 and GV205; potentially also in other options.

B6 specifically in GV205; potentially also in other options.
Assessment Methods: B1-4 in all modules, via presentations, written assignments, essays, projects, and such like, and/or closed examinations.

B5. Assignments in GV205.

B6. Assignments in GV205.

C: Practical skills

C1 Organize and structure an extended argument.
C2 Provide references and compile a bibliography according to accepted conventions.
C3 Use libraries and IT to access information and scholarly resources.
C4 Assemble and synthesise multiple sources of information
C5 To manage workload and meet deadlines.
C6 Conducting oneself in a scholarly and professional manner
C7 Use basic statistical methods and software packages
Learning Methods: C1-6 in all modules, via lectures, participation in discussion and debate, and presentations in seminars and classes, reflective essays and other projects, independently produced assignments, oral and written feedback on essays and other assignments.

C3 specifically in library induction sessions.

C7 specifically in GV200, GV205; potentially also in other options.
Assessment Methods: C1-6 in all modules via written assignments and essays.

C7 specifically in assignments for GV205; potentially also in other options.

D: Key skills

D1 Clear, focused, relevant and effective expression and communication.
D2 Access and organise information from a variety of electronic sources and analyse data using statistical software.
D3 Understand the use of evidence, especially statistical data, in argument
D4 To manage projects and timetables. To find, understand and organise information. To work with ideas.
D5 Discuss and debate issues with fellow members of classes and seminars, or work on joint assignments or projects
D6 To develop positive responses to feedback and criticism.
Learning Methods: D1-5. Participation in and presentations to seminars and classes, written assignments and essays, research papers.

D2 specifically in GV200 and GV205; also in other options

D4 specifically in scheduling and balancing requirements for modules taught in parallel.

D6 specifically in individual guidance on essays, oral and written feedback on essays.
Assessment Methods: D1-5. Classroom discussion, written assignments and essays, examinations, research papers

D2 specifically in assignments for GV200 and GV205

D6 classroom presentations, written assignments and essays.


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