19-20 PR3680: Young People's politics

This course will examine Young People’s (15-25 year olds) Politics in UK but also from a comparative perspective. The course will look at recent trends in young people’s engagement with electoral and non-electoral politics, and in the values and democratic experiences that define their politics. Drawing on existing theoretical literature and empirical research, the course will, in particular, investigate how young people ‘conceive’ of politics, how and why they engage (or do not) in politics and civil society, what their values are and the issues that particularly concern them, and how these differ to the population as a whole (e.g. are we witnessing a new depoliticised generation, or a generation that defines politics differently, or are these differences more reflective of the life-cycle effect).