POL30840 Electoral Systems and their Consequences

Academic Year 2022/2023

This course covers electoral systems and their consequences for descriptive representation, the political process and policy outputs. During the first part, the main types of electoral systems and their functioning are introduced. In the second part, we deal with various consequences of electoral systems, including effects on the party system, the representation of women, intra-party politics and economic policies.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

During this course, students learn
* to distinguish different types of electoral systems and describe their key features
* to use different datasets on the prevalence and consequences of electoral systems
* to develop an own research question regarding consequences of electoral systems
* to choose empirical data for answering this question and conduct a basic analysis of the data
* to communicate the results in form of a short research paper

Indicative Module Content:

Types of electoral systems. Electoral system effects on: vote-seat-proportionality, the party system, descriptive representation, policy congruence, personal vote-seeking, intra-party politics and selected policy outcomes.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures. In-class work. Exploring quantitative data. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Having taken an introductory course to Comparative Politics/Institutions before would be helpful, but this is not a strict requirement.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Electoral Systems (POL30790)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Written review of a randomly chosen coursemate's proposal Unspecified n/a Graded No


Assignment: Written paper proposal Unspecified n/a Graded No


Assignment: Description of an electoral system Unspecified n/a Graded No


Project: Research paper with empirical component Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 10:00 - 10:50