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Module

POL3092 : Political Parties and Elections in the UK

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alistair Clark
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module is centrally concerned with party and electoral politics in the UK. Through an examination of three key aspects of the electoral process in the UK - parties, institutions and voters - this module aims to:

* Introduce the main political parties in the UK, their idealogies, policies and leadership;
* Assess party competition in the UK's increasingly-diverse multi-level party systems;
* Develop an understanding of how electoral systems and institutions in the UK impact upon the electoral process;
* Assess the various models of voting behaviour and their applicability to modern electoral competition in the UK.

Outline Of Syllabus

An indicative outline of the syllabus / lecture programme for this module is as follows:
1. Introduction to the Module
2. The Development of the UK Party System
3. The Role and Functions of Political Parties
4. The Conservative Party
5. The Labour Party
6. The Liberal Democrats
7. Beyond the Mainstream; Minor Parties in the UK
8. The UK’s Multi-Level Party Systems
9. Developments in Party Organisation & Funding
10. Election Campaigning 1
11. Election Campaigning 2
12. Political participation & activism in parties
13. Electoral Systems and their Impact in the UK 1
14. Electoral Systems and their Impact in the UK 2
15. Electoral systems and their impact in the UK 3
16. Explaining voting behaviour 1
17. Explaining voting behaviour 2
18. Explaining voting behaviour 3
19. Contemporary challenges in British elections
20. Contemporary challenges to British Parties
21. Brexit and Party Politics
22. Conclusion: Political Parties and Elections in the UK

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable