Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3111: Political Sociology

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Cristiana Olcese (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


The module will introduce you to the study of social and political change, social cleavages and political divisions.  Thus, it covers topics such as race and ethnicity, gender, social values and attitudes, the impact of the media; and political engagement.  Emphasis is given to the nature of democracy, and the ways in which civil society contributes to public policy and the politics of instability. The module is empirical, but includes some positive theory, i.e. theories that aim to explain why people behave as they do. The aim of each topic is to assess the evidence for competing explanations of particular features of social and political life. The module largely deals with contemporary societies and recent developments, but appreciation of historical developments is often useful to understand these. The module draws on research conducted mostly on the cases of Western Europe and North America.

No prior knowledge skills or experience are required to take this module and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students. The module is only suitable for students studying Politics. 

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