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QS308 - Public Opinion

  • Module code: QS308
  • Module name: Public Opinion
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aim of this module is to introduce students to key perspectives on the nature, formation, and role of public opinion.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to; • Describe and compare the main meanings of public opinion and understand the circumstances that influence which meaning is best. • Understand and analyse the primary scholarly and political debates about public opinion throughout history up to the present day. • Distinguish and appraise the key theories of public opinion. • Know the basic methods to measure and analyse public opinion and understand their merits and limits. • Communicate, interpret, and evaluate scholarly and professional studies of public opinion.

Timetabled teaching activities

Typically one 1 hour lecture in weeks 1-5,7-10 (Timetabled Teaching Activities are not finalised until September). You will also be required to attend 1 x 2 hour Seminar each week (you must choose your Seminar at the start of term).

Other essential notes

This is an optional Q-Step module.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: QS308-15)
A (Assessed work only) Summative Essay (3000 words) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core