Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2026: Political Analysis: Behaviour, Institutions, Ideas

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


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

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Dario Castiglione (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


You will be asked to reflect on what it means to study politics: how we explain political action and political institutions, and how we understand what people do, what they say or argue, and why they act and argue in certain ways in a political context. In discussing these different approaches, you will also be asked to engage with substantive issues of political analysis: What is rational choice? Are political actors selfish? Why people trust each other? Is collective action possible? Do institutions matter? Is political reality a ‘construction’? Are political categories gendered? Is ideology dead? Are concepts contested? Can we argue about values?

There are neither pre-requisite nor co-requisite modules. This module is recommended for interdisciplinary pathways.

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