Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3271: Public Opinion, Post Factual Politics: New Challenges for Western Democracies

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Florian Stoeckel (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The aim of this module is to familiarize you with a variety of topics and methodological approaches in the field of public opinion research. We will discuss basic concepts and theories of opinion formation. We will also review typical data sources, such as large-N public opinion surveys as well novel methods, such as focus groups and experiments. A major part of the second part of the class examines how individuals form political attitudes. We will discuss public opinion formation in relation to a variety of issues such as redistribution, gender equality, democracy, populism, tolerance, and immigration.

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