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On successful completion of this module, students should have an enhanced understanding of the following topics, and the relevant academic literature:
• The theoretical arguments for why parties are important in representative democracy, and prominent critiques of parties and their role;
• The development of party organisations over time, and the different models party organisation can follow;
• The role of party members in the internal life of political parties;
• The different forms of candidate selection within parties;
• How factionalism operates within parties;
• Discuss the current and future challenges facing political parties, including from alternative forms of governance.
Furthermore, by the end of this module, students should be able to:
• Critically engage with academic writings and theories;
• Explain key concepts about parties to others both verbally and in writing; and
• Utilise empirical evidence from political parties across representative democracies when engaging with, or developing, theories.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Project: Policy memo||Unspecified||n/a||Graded||No||
|Project: Research Proposal||Unspecified||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Response Paper||Unspecified||n/a||Graded||No||
|Presentation: Presentation||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
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