PIR-20074 - British Government and Politics
Coordinator: Philip Jj Catney Room: CBA2.028 Tel: +44 1782 7 33346
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

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

12 hours of lectures
8 hours of tutorials
40 hours preparation for tutorials
50 hours preparation of the essay
40 hours of preparation for, and completion of, the take-home examination

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 60%
1,500 word essay
A 1,500 word essay - chosen from a list approved by the course team.

2: Exam weighted 40%
A take-home examination
Students will have 48 hours to answer two questions. Each answer should be ~750 words each (1,500 words in total). Exam questions will be released on the KLE 48 hours before the specified date of the 'exam'. Students required to submit their 'exam paper' via the KLE at 10am on the date of the 'exam'.