IR6006 - Political Parties and Elections

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module I will learn about political parties and elections largely within the context of British politics. I will be introduced to debates about class and understand some of the reasons why class and voting are related. I will explore the contested question of the declining relevance of class politics. During this module I will learn how parties to the left and right of the political spectrum have responded to class issues. From the creation of the Labour Party and the decline of the Liberals to One-Nation Conservatism, Thatcherism and the rise of the far right. This module will provide me with an understanding of how class issues impacted recent general elections.

How will I learn on this module?

I will learn on this module by attending lectures and seminars each week. At lectures I will be presented with information on class theory, parties and elections, whilst seminars provide a forum for student led discussion. There will also be the opportunity to develop research skills using evidence for example the British Election Survey to further understand the relevance of class politics in Britain today.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

My academic development will be facilitated through my engagement with the academic literature and by discussing the debates with my peers and module tutor. As the module draws on some of the research skills I will be able to apply these to further develop my knowledge and understanding.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Of the theoretical and empirical debates on British electoral studies
2. Of the theoretical debates about political identities and the character of the British political system

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Apply frameworks from theoretical debates to structure detailed empirical discussion.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. To reflect on evidence and challenge traditional explanations find appropriate secondary resources beyond those they have been directed to.
2. To undertake and present statistical analysis of primary data in the context of a written argument.

How will I be assessed?

Formative through seminar presentations

Summative 3000 word essay and a commentary on British elections, feedback provided in accordance to standard procedure.





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Course info

UCAS Code L2L2

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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