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Contemporary British Politics - Non-credit bearing


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This is a non-credit bearing course but can also be taken as a credit bearing course.

Discover the difference between our credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses.

This Contemporary British Politics short course provides you with an understanding of British politics and government, its key institutions and actors, and the main issues of controversy and contestation. We examine three principal areas: the context of contemporary British politics; the main institutions and processes of government and the state; and democratic participation and representation.

We plan to cover the following content:

  • The Westminster model and British politics
  • The constitution and rules of the game: the constitution under pressure?
  • Voting, elections and referendums: why did Britain vote out?
  • House of Commons: rebellion and representation?
  • House of Lords: reform and representation?
  • Devolution in Britain: Northern Ireland
  • The core executive: prime ministers in power?
  • Local government: do mayors make a difference?
  • Representation in British politics

This course is ideal for those with an interest or background in British politics. No prior learning is required.

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.