Module Details

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Title REPRESENTATION IN ADVANCED DEMOCRACIES
Code POLI244
Coordinator Dr L Bernardi
Politics
Luca.Bernardi@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 5 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

This module aims to make students understand how representative democracy works;

How to critically engage with theories and hypotheses in comparative politics with a focus on political representation;

How to assess the empirical validity of these theories by making sense of high quality academic research;

How to navigate different approaches to study public opinion and representation;

How to apply these theories to specific contexts and countries.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to contrast the arguments and assumptions of theories and contemporary debates in political representation, and apply them to specific countries and contexts.

(LO2) Students will be able to critically assess the potential and limitations of such theories and their empirical approaches.

(LO3) Students will be able to critically assess how policy representation and public responsiveness varies across policy issues, institutions, opinion signals and groups, as well as the dynamic relationship between the behaviour of voters and parties.

(S1) Critical thinking and evaluating problems.

(S2) Communication skills.

(S3) Interpret evidence to advance a critical argument.

(S4) Numeracy

(S5) Organisational skills.

(S6) International awareness.

(S7) Teamwork.

(S8) Adaptability.


Syllabus

 

Topics covered during the module may include:

Definitions of public opinion;

Voter-party responsiveness;

Dyadic representation;

Mandate representation;

Agenda-setting and representation;

Dynamic representation;

Democratic responsiveness to protest;

Unequal representation;

Public ignorance and democracy;

Costs of governing.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be taught in a single two hour ‘workshop’ through a combination of lecture and seminar activities. The purpose of the lecture is to introduce a theory or a debate, with the activities based upon their empirical assessment. These activities will drive the learning process. Students will also be expected to engage in private study to prepare for each workshop session.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           22

22
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 128
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Online Test. Standard UoL penalties will apply. There will be a reassessment opportunity. This will be marked anonymously.  N/A    20       
Online Test Standard UoL penalties will apply. There will be a reassessment opportunity. This will be marked anonymously.  N/A    20       
Research design. Standard UoL penalties will apply. There will be a reassessment opportunity. This will be anonymously marked.  -2000 words    60       

Recommended Texts

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