Power in Britain

Final year module

Lecturer: Stephen Bates

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop a sophisticated understanding of theories of power and the philosophical, normative and methodological issues involved when analysing the distribution, sources, sites and relations of power in British society. It also offers students the opportunity to take a lead in investigating specific empirical instances of power in Britain which are of interest to them.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the normative, meta-theoretical and methodological issues involved in analysing power; 
  • Be able to utilise their knowledge of these theories and associated issues to provide theoretically informed analyses of the distribution, sites, sources and relations of power in the UK; 
  • Present their research to their peers in a comprehensive and accessible manner. 


  • Term One: 2500 word essay (30%) 
  • Term Two: Presentation (10%) 
  • Term Three: 4000 word essay (60%)