Topics in British Politics

Final year module

Lecturer: Peter Kerr

This module will introduce students to the main interpretations of change in British politics during the post-war period. Topics covered will include the post-war consensus, 'Thatcherism', 'Blairism', constitutional reform in Britain and Britain's relationship with Europe.

The second semester will examine in detail broad trends in British politics, contemporary interpretations of change in post-war British politics and key developments in British public policy.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate a wide-ranging knowledge of recent changes in British Politics. 
  • Develop and pursue their own ideas in areas of interest to them. 
  • Present and defend arguments in seminars.


  • 3 hour examination (50%)
  • 1x 4000 word essay (50%)