Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC1025: Political Participation in My Community

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

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


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Joanie Willett (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The study of politics is about learning academic theory, but also about conducting research in our communities in order to both put theory into practice.  This helps us to learn new things about the world around us, and make contributions to the body of existing knowledge.  In this module, you will take your seminar learning around political participation and research methods, and apply it to a research project in your community to consider how to improve participation in your area.  This might be about formal politics – such as in Parish/Town/Local Authority government and elections, or you might instead look at informal participation such as volunteering in community organisations designed to bring about positive change in the localities within which they operate.

This module is funded by the European Social Fund in order to widen participation in Higher Education.  To increase accessibility it is designed to be run outside of the University campus in a community setting.  You might be able to use the module credits towards the first year of a degree programme that you choose to take later, or you might feel that the learning that you gain from this class will complement the job role that you now hold, or will prepare you better to enter a job sector that you would like to move into.

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