PIR-20074 - British Government and Politics
Coordinator: Gemma Loomes Room: CBA1.038 Tel: +44 1782 7 34236
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

This module seeks to offer an in-depth analysis of the British system of government and its politics more broadly, including the constitution; the government; Parliament; parties and the party system; elections and voting; the role of interest groups; policies; constitutional reform; and the impact of the European Union.

This module seeks:
- to offer an in-depth analysis of the British system of government and its politics;
- to enable students to develop a critical perspective on the debates surrounding the scope, direction and depth of British politics in the areas covered in the module.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

- interpret and distinguish between different theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of British politics: 1,2
- acquire, assess, organise and engage with a variety of sources as part of conducting research: 1,2
- effectively and fluently communicate complex arguments supported by appropriate evidence in written form: 1,2
- analyse key problems in British politics, integrating theoretical concepts and empirical material: 1,2

Study hours

15 hours lectures
5 hours tutorials
30 hours preparation for tutorials
50 hours preparation of essay
48 hours preparation for examination
2 hours unseen examination

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 50%
2,000 word essay
A 2,000 word essay - chosen from a list approved by the course team.

2: Unseen Exam weighted 50%
A two-hour unseen examination
The student will sit an examination based on specific topics or themes from the course.