• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Communication, Political Sciences, Politics

This course examines British politics since 1945 through the lens of ideological change and electoral competition.  Contemporary British politics will be examined in light of changes to parties and the electorate since the Second World War.  Students completing this course will have a comprehension of the ideological shifts affected by the Conservative and Labour parties as well as the rise of “third parties” such as the Liberal Democrats, the challenge to the integrity of the United Kingdom posed by separatist nationalist parties in Scotland and Northern Ireland and the UK’s ongoing relationship with the European Union.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  •  Knowledge - you will be able to list the major political parties of the United Kingdom and identify the political ideologies which guide their collective decisions and actions;
  • Comprehension and Application - you should be able to predict future decision-making or courses of action based on your interpretation of these ideologies;

  • Analysis - you will be able to analyse political discourses in order to reveal hidden or taken-for-granted assumptions;

  • Synthesis - you will be able to integrate ideology and evidence from different sources in order to generalize from given facts;

  • Evaluation - you will be able to assess the value of general descriptions of ideologies in explaining political actions and change.

Indicative Assessment

One short essay of 1500 words (40%) and one research essay of 2500 words (60%)

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Two lectures and one tutorial per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level POLS courses; or permission of the convenor. Incompatibility with HIST2103




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4746 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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