Political Behaviour

As taught Autumn Semester 2010
Dr Matthew Goodwin, School of Politics and International Relations

The module will introduce students to key debates in the study of political behaviour. The module will focus specifically on the core ‘pillars’ of political behaviour (elections, voting, political participation and, to a lesser extent, public opinion). Through the module students will explore theories and methodologies used by political scientists to study these key aspects of political behaviour. Voters, political parties, party members and activists, and forms of political participation more generally will be addressed.

The module will build on the knowledge students might have gained during their undergraduate degrees while introducing them to new debates and literatures. Students will be introduced to, and encouraged to critically assess, major approaches to studying these political phenomena and will gain a firm understanding of the interplay between theory and empirical research.

Module Code: M13128

Year: 2010/11
Suitable for study at: Undergraduate level 3

Method and frequency of class: 1 x 1 hour lecture per week and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Target Students: Year 3 Politics single and joint honours. Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice. 

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Offering School: Politics and International Relations