PIR-20074 - British Government and Politics
Coordinator: Philip 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 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

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
acquire, assess, organise and engage with a variety of sources as part of conducting research: 1
effectively and fluently communicate complex arguments supported by appropriate evidence in written form: 1
analyse key problems in British politics, integrating theoretical concepts and empirical material: 1

Study hours

12 hours of lectures
8 hours of tutorials
40 hours preparation for tutorials
90 hours preparation of the essay

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
2,000 word essay
A 2,000 word essay - chosen from a list approved by the course team.