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Political Participation

Module Code: POU33122

Module Name: Political Participation 2019-20

  • ECTS Weighting: 5
  • Semester/Term Taught: Semester 2
  • Contact Hours: 2 one-hour lectures per week; 1 tutorial per fortnight
  • Module Personnel: Lecturer - Dr Gizem Arikan
  • Office Hours: TBC

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Define and discuss the major trends in political participation.
  2. Discuss and formulate hypotheses about the micro, meso, and macro level determinants of political participation.
  3. Develop arguments about the factors influencing participation in recent political protests.
  4. Assess the relative influence of factors contributing to voter turnout in democracies.
  5. Analyse the effects of stable and temporal factors in vote choice


Module Learning Aims

Students will learn about the key issues in defining political participation and recent trends in different forms of political participation across the world, understand the micro, meso, and macro level factors influencing participation in elections and protests, become familiar with current issues in political participation research, and be able to assess the relative influences of stable and temporal factors in voting choice.

Module Content

Defining political participation, trends in political participation, the civic voluntarism model, social capital, distrust and grievances, resource mobilization theory, contextual influences on political participation, class, partisanship, group affinities and vote choice, campaigns and elections.

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Recommended Reading List

  1. Dalton, Russell J. 2013. Citizen Politics: Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 6th edition.
  2. Norris, Pippa. 2003. Democratic Phoenix: Reinventing Political Activism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  3. Berinsky, Adam. 2015. New Directions in Public Opinion. Routledge, 2nd edition.


Assessment Details (TBC)

Tutorial Attendance: 5%

Two essays, one 35% and one 60% of the overall module grade.

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