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BSocSc Politics and International Relations
Gain the skills to critical examine international and comparative politics.

BSocSc Politics and International Relations / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Politics & Society in Britain Since 1940: From Blitz to Brexit

Unit code POLI20531
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Politics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

 

This course will analyse the development of post-war British politics, and especially such themes as the nature and durability of the consensus over social and economic policy that may have existed. The changing roles of the chief political parties will be examined, as will questions such as racism and immigration, the role of trade unions, the national question in Scotland and Wales, and Britain's position in the world.

 

Aims

This course will analyse the development of post-war British politics, and especially such themes as the nature and durability of the consensus over social and economic policy that may have existed. The changing roles of the chief political parties will be examined, as will questions such as racism and immigration, the role of trade unions, the national question in Scotland and Wales, and Britain's position in the world.

Learning outcomes

By the completion of this course, students will be familiar with the fortunes and ideologies of the principal parties, and also with such crucial questions as the politics of trade unionism, class, ethnicity, societal change and the emergence of Britain as a multinational state. Students will also have developed an ability to assess the key changes in the character of the British party system as well as in the role of extra-parliamentary movements

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures
Seminars

Assessment methods

A 2 hour examination in January (50%)

An Assessed (2800 words) essay worth 40%

Tutorial Participation 10%

Feedback methods

Politics staff will provide feedback on written work within 15 working days of submission.

Students should be aware that all marks are provisional until confirmed by the external examiner and the final examinations boards in June.

For modules that do not have examination components the marks and feedback for the final assessed component are not subject to the 15 working day rule and will be released with the examination results.

You will receive feedback on assessed essays in a standard format. This will rate your essay in terms of various aspects of the argument that you have presented your use of sources and the quality of the style and presentation of the essay. If you have any queries about the feedback that you have received you should make an appointment to see your tutor.

On assessments submitted through Turnitin you will receive feedback via Blackboard. This will include suggestions about ways in which you could improve your work in future. You will also receive feedback on non-assessed coursework, whether this is individual or group work. This may be of a more informal kind and may include feedback from peers as well as academic staff

Recommended reading

K Morgan
The People's Peace

A Gamble
Britain in Decline

D Marquand
The Progressive Dilemma

A Seldon and Ball (eds.)
Conservative Century

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 168

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Kevin Morgan Unit coordinator

Additional notes

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Length of course: 12 weeks

 

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