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POL2092 : Party Politics: Quantitative Analysis of Parties Systems and Voter Choice (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Political parties and voting for parties are crucial to understanding politics in a democracy. This module aims to introduce students to the study of political parties, party systems and issues related to voter choice in relation to selecting a party or deciding not to vote. It will cover the origins and nature of parties and party systems, the organization of parties and their relationship to political power and the electorate in the UK and other countries.

Outline Of Syllabus

Party Politics: Quantitative Analysis of Parties Systems and Voter Choice

Part. 1: Party Systems
1.       Democracy and the Conditions for Party Government
2.       Party Cleavages and Party System Development
3.       Constitutional and Electoral Systems
4.       Parties in Government
5.       Socio-economic Development and Parties
6.       Party Organization
7.       Parties and Interest Groups
8.       Parties and Communication

Part 2: Voter Choice
1.       Socio-Economic Correlates of Party Choice
2.       Psychology of Voting
3.       Rational Voter
4.       Issue and Valence Voters
5.       Economic and Retrospective Voting
6.       The Apathetic versus Civic Minded Voter
7.       Age and the Habitual Voter Thesis
8.       Mass Media and Party Choice

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture161:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical41:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1140:00140:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module includes both new substantive knowledge, taught through traditional lectures and seminars, but also requires ‘hands-on’ practicals and workshop to train the students in quantitative methods using computer clusters and experience in using statistical software.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M502,000 words
Report2M502,000 words
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Written ExaminationAStudents will be given a week to conduct as series of statistical analyses and to present and discuss the results.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The reports, each focusing on a slightly different type of multivariate regression analysis, will provide students with the quantitative analysis skills. Repetition of the report pattern and analysis of variables/correlation coefficients in two reports will provide an opportunity for students to deepen their confidence with the skills and demonstrated progress in understanding methods and presentation. A report is preferable to simple skills based exercises because it requires the students to put the skills into the context of the politics literature. This enables the students to unify the critical skills they have honed so far with the statistical skills obtained in the second year.

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