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Course Details in 2018/19 Session

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Module Title LI British Politics
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 20898
Module Lead
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-20 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours

The first term introduces major theoretical approaches to the understanding of British politics and unpacks the core components of the British political system, such as the Constitution, Parliament, the Executive, Civil Service, Whitehall, voting and devolution.

The second term applies these fundamental understandings to issues and periods in British politics from the turn of the twentieth century onwards. In 2014-15 there will be special sessions on the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the 2015 General Election. 

Students will be given the opportunity to act in The Audience, a play about the role of the Monarch and her Prime Ministers. Attached to the module is a British Politics Forum, in which the students are given the opportunity to invite guest speakers to speak on topics relevant to the module.

Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of theoretical approaches and conceptual discussions relating to political governance and institutions in British politics
  • Have an awareness of political developments in British politics during the 20th century and beyond
  • Have an ability to place British political practices and events into a wider context of governance in the contemporary world
Assessment 20898-01 : 1000 Word Project Plan : Coursework (25%)
20898-02 : 3000 Word Essay : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (75%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
1 x Class quiz – week 5 formative 1x 1000 project plan – week 6 summative (25%) 1x 3000 essay – end of term summative (75%) Reassessment: 1x 3000-word essay
Reading List