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Political Participation

Module Code: POU33121

Module Name: Political Participation 2022-23

  • ECTS Weighting: 5
  • Semester/Term Taught: Semester 1
  • Contact Hours: TBC
  • Module Personnel: Lecturer - Dr Gizem Arikan
  • Office Hours: TBC

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain and summarise the current debates in political participation research.
  2. Define and discuss the major trends in political participation research.
  3. Analyse the effect of micro, meso, and macro level determinants of conventional and unconventional forms of political participation.
  4. Develop arguments, based on empirical evidence, about the causes of recent political protests around the world.


Module Learning Aims

Students will learn about the key issues in defining and conceptualizing political participation and recent trends in different forms of political participation across the world, understand the individual and contextual level factors explaining political participation, become familiar with current issues in political participation research, and be able to assess the relative influences of personal and societal factors in voting and other forms of political participation.

Module Content

This module will examine and analyse mass political behavior from a comparative perspective. We will discuss major issues in the study of political participation including defining and conceptualising political participation, analyzing the dynamics of individual participation and mass mobilisation from individual as well as from group-level perspectives.

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Recommended Reading List (TBC)

  1. Dalton, Russell J. 2013. Citizen Politics: Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 6th edition.
  2. Dalton, Russell. 2017. The Participation Gap: Social Status and Political Inequality. Oxford University Press.
  3. Norris, Pippa. 2003. Democratic Phoenix: Reinventing Political Activism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  4. Berinsky, Adam. 2015. New Directions in Public Opinion. Routledge, 2nd edition.

Assessment Details (TBC)

  1. Tutorial attendance and response papers: 5%
  2. Mid-term essay assignment: 35%
  3. Final assignment: 60%
  4. Re-assessment 100% coursework

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