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Contemporary British Politics


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 5

Module description

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of British politics and government, its key institutions and actors, and the main issues of controversy and contestation.

It has five principal areas of examination: the context of contemporary British politics; the main institutions and processes of government and the state; democratic participation and representation through political parties and other vehicles; the political behaviour of citizens and groups; and the political future of the United Kingdom in an increasingly globalised world.

Throughout the module you will be encouraged and expected to apply explanatory and normative political science approaches to the topics under investigation.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will:

  • be familiar with the main theories and models applied in the study of British politics and government, their ambitions, achievements and limitations
  • have a good understanding of British political institutions and processes, and how they relate to one another
  • have developed a critical approach to current debates and issues in British politics
  • have developed practical skills of communication, evaluating and analysing argument
  • have developed transferable skills, including critical evaluation, analytical investigation, written presentation and oral communication.