British Politics

Department of Political Science and International Studies, School of Government and Society

College of Social Sciences


Code 20898

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 0

Pre-requisite modules Where students take this course as a 10 credit unit they will be expected to undertake self directed study of the material not covered from the readin

Module description

This module provides an overview of the main theoretical perspectives on British politics and applies these perspectives to an analysis of governing strategies from the nineteenth century to present day.

The second semester critically applies a range of theories to the study of the main institutions and process of the British Polity and assesses a range of contemporary challenges to the way in which Britain is governed.

Teaching and learning methods

These courses are taught by a combination of lectures, classes and directed reading.

This module is available as:
Autumn term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Spring term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Whole Year 20 credit unit – 3,000 summative essay (50%) plus 3 hour examination (50%)