Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2104: Party Politics and Democracy

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 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Lise Herman (Convenor)


Politics in Europe (POL1020), Introduction to Comparative Politics (POL1029) OR Power and Democracy (POL1019).



Available via distance learning


For the past two centuries, political thinkers have considered parties with suspicion. They have been pictured at best as a necessary evil for representative government, at worst as agents dividing the polity for their own political gain. Yet, the history of modern European democracy is inseparable from the gradual emergence of partisanship as a structuring fact of political life. This module will provide you with a detailed exploration of this paradox. Drawing on insights from political science, the history of political ideas, and contemporary political theory, it will allow you to investigate the place of parties in the historical development of European and American democracies. 

Politics in Europe (POL1020), or

Introduction to Comparative Politics (POL1029) or

OR Power and Democracy (POL1019).

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