Political Change: The Rise of Anti-politics (L2083)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Recent surveys show a lack of trust in political actors and institutions across much of the democratic world. Many citizens believe their political system gives them limited influence on politics – and that politicians don’t care about what people think.

What explains the rise of this anti-political sentiment? How have different political actors responded to this political disaffection?

In this module, you will:

  • explore debates surrounding these questions
  • consider the changing relationship between citizens and politicians in contemporary democracies
  • critically review a range of democratic reforms and innovations proposed to revitalise democracy.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: