Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3072F: Politics of Protest

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

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


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Clare Saunders (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will learn about theories of protest, survey design and implementation, and be given guidance on how to write up a quantitative research project. As part of the course, you will collect data from a large-scale street protest in London using the ‘caught in the act of protest’ survey strategy, devised by a renowned European team of scholars. (Note that the method requires a demonstration size of c.3,000 participants to work). You will analyse the data and produce a report on your findings. Thus, in addition to standard lectures and seminars, you will have the opportunity to participate in a field trip to a London-based protest and participate in workshops based in computer laboratories. You will be assessed on survey design, on a report that critically evaluates whether representativity and random sampling was achieved, and on a research report. Unlike many undergraduate modules on quantitative research methods, the module combines theory and practice, hopefully providing you with the skills and enthusiasm to make use of quantitative methods in your final year dissertations. The field trip provides a unique opportunity to witness an important political phenomenon first-hand.

You do not require prior knowledge skills or experience to take this module and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist Politics students. This module is only available for Stage 3 students on Politics, FCH and Politics and History programmes.

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