(LO1) You will be able to summarise the evidence relating to both trends in turnout over time and to differences in levels of turnout geographically and among key social groups, and to assess the relative merits of competing theoretical and empirical explanations of these trends and patterns.
(LO2) You will be able to compare and contrast the principal theories of voting behaviour associated with the alignment and de-alignment debates in British electoral studies, including the application of theoretical assumptions to specific examples of voting behaviour.
(LO3) You will be able to compare and contrast notions of 'issue voting' and 'valence voting', and debate the extent to which there is evidence to support the contention that the British electorate responds, rationally or otherwise, to the positioning and performance of parties in relation to key issues.
(LO4) You will be able to evaluate how far evidence supports the proposition that perceptions of party image and party leaders are increasingly important determinants of voting behaviour in Britain and assess the implications of these developments for theories of electoralcompetition and for the practice of running successful election campaigns.
(LO5) You will be able to summarise how campaigning and media coverage at UK general elections have changed since 1945 and analyse the reasons for these changes, as well as their consequences for election campaigns and outcomes.
(LO6) You will be able to outline and apply appropriate criteria for assessing the performance of the electoral system for UK General Elections since 1945 and evaluate the arguments for and against electoral reform.
(LO7) You will be able to describe in broad terms how the social composition of the House of Commons has changed since 1945, analyse the possible reasons for these trends, and evaluate the case for taking action to make the House of Commons more socially representative.
(LO8) You will be able to outline the key changes to electoral law and administration since 1945 and discuss the reasons why such reforms have frequently been the subject of intense partisan controversy.
(LO9) You will be able to discuss the outcomes of General Elections from 1983-2019 in relation to debates about a) dealignment, issue voting, and party image/leadership; b) the operation of the electoral system and the case for electoral reform; and c) for the 2017 and 2019 General Elections, the impact of Brexit.
(LO10) You will acquire a knowledge of the key statistical datasets and techniques used in the study of UK general elections and referendums, including how to locate such data, and be able to apply a range of basic statistical techniques to compile, analyse and visualise electoral data.
(S1) Numeracy/computational skills - Confidence/competence in measuring and using numbers
(S2) Numeracy/computational skills - Reason with numbers/mathematical concepts
(S3) Numeracy/computational skills - Numerical methods
(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis
(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation
(S6) Working in groups and teams - Time management
(S7) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills
(S8) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral
(S9) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)
(S10) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]