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Module Title LH Topics in British Politics
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 20912
Module Lead Peter Kerr
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1 or 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-10 hours
Guided independent study-170 hours
Total: 200 hours

This module will allow students to develop a specialised interest in British politics.   Students will examine key trends and ‘topics’ in British politics from an historical, conceptual and policy-related perspective.   The course opens with six lectures aimed at providing students with an overview of key developments in, and scholarship on, post-war British politics, prior to more focused seminar work on a range of topics.  The lectures cover key developments in postwar British politics, debates about state institutions and civil society in Britain and analytical approaches to studying topics in British politics.  In the seminars students will be asked to examine specific ‘topics’ in British politics through the lens of the key themes outlined in the lecture series.   The topics are as follows: Political Change in Postwar;Britain; ‘Blairism’ and New Labour; Cameron and the Transformation of the Conservative Party; Constitutional Reform in Contemporary Britain.

These topics are designed to allow students to focus on a range of issues relating to the state and civil society in Britain.  The course is aimed at equipping students with an overview of key developments in British politics by focussing on issues such as change & continuity, power, policy developments and institutional change. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate a familiarity with general trends in postwar British politics.
  • Identify key developments and controversies relating to a number of the topics covered in the course.
  • Relate specialised knowledge of specific ‘topics’ to broader developments in postwar British politics.
  • Communicate ideas about British politics in a structured and coherent manner both orally and in writing
Assessment 20912-01 : 1000 Word Blog : Coursework (25%)
20912-02 : 3000 Word Essay : Coursework (75%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
1 x 1000 word blog (25%)
1 x 3,000 word essay (75%)

Reassessment: None
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