Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3203: Comparative Public Opinion

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:

  • The nature of political attitudes
  • Understanding quantitative research
  • Attitude formation
  • Political conflict I: left/right ideology
  • Political conflict II: European party systems
  • Models of voting behaviour
  • Political sophistication
  • Information processing
  • Ambivalent attitudes
  • The role of emotions
  • Data sources and tools to analyze quantitative data
  • Public support for political systems
  • Public opinion and theories of European integration
  • Utilitarianism and EU support
  • Identity politics I: Anti-immigrant sentiments
  • Identity politics II: cosmopolitanism and European identity
  • Identity politics III: far right parties
  • Party cueing and its limits
  • Attitudes towards the redistribution of resources within and across nations
  • Voting behaviour in referendums
  • Understanding Brexit

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities442 hour weekly seminars with a mix of short formal lectures, student led seminar, and collective discussion
Guided Independent Study98Preparing for seminars: reading and research
Guided Independent Study158Completing assessment tasks: reading, research and writing

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).