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Module Title LH Power in Britain
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 20907
Module Lead Dr Bates
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-20 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours

Bertrand Russell argued that ‘‘the fundamental concept in social science is power, in the same sense in which energy is the fundamental concept in physics”. This module provides you with the opportunity to develop a sophisticated understanding of different theories of power and to undertake analyses of the distribution, sources, sites and relations of power in British society. It also offers you the opportunity to take a lead in investigating specific instances of power in Britain in which you have a particular interest.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Evaluate critically the main theories of power in policy-making;
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the institutions and actors that influence and shape policy-making in Britain and the power relations underpinning this process.
  • Be able to utilise their knowledge of these concepts and associated issues to provide theoretically informed analyses of the distribution, sites, sources and relations of power in policy-making in the UK;
  • Present their research in a public-facing, engaging and accessible manner.
Assessment 20907-01 : 1st 1000 Word Blog : Coursework (25%)
20907-02 : 2nd 1000 Word Blog : Coursework (25%)
20907-03 : 2000 Word Essay : Coursework (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: ! x 1000 word blog (25%); 1 x 1000 word blog (25%); 1 x 2,000 word essay (50%)

Reassessment: None
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