Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3204: Politics through the Life Course

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

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

  1. How to Study Politics through the Life Course: Key
  2. Key Theories I:  Socialisation
  3. Key data sets I: on socialisation and examples
  4. Key Theories II: Inter-personal communication and social networks
  5. Key data sets II: Networks
  6. Key Theories III: Culture & Identity
  7. Key Theories IV: Bio-psycho-social
  8. Early Childhood
  9. Schooling
  10. Key Methods: Cohort analysis
  11. Family
  12. Media & Culture
  13. Key Methods II: Longitudinal analysis
  14. Relationships
  15. Key Methods III: Cross-national analysis
  16. Parenthood
  17. Career choices
  18. Aging and retirement
  19. Isolation and Loneliness
  20. Health

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 and Teaching Activity4020 x 2 hour sessions, class meeting to discuss readings, introduce material, give presentations
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity 3010 x 3 hour sessions, scheduled lab times for data analysis & data presentations
Guided Independent Study105 x 2 hour sessions, suggested group meetings to develop projects and presentations: 6 hours lab prep time for assignments, 4 hours writing up assignments
Guided Independent Study220Preparing for seminars by completing required and recommended reading, reviewing reading, preparing questions and comments for seminar discussions, finding data resources for coursework, writing scripts in R for data analysis research reports, data analysis for coursework, interpretation of data.

Online Resources

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


Sage online research methods


UK Data Service

Other Learning Resources

British Household Panel Data

Understanding Society

European Social Survey