- Code POLS2025
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course introduces students to the key issues and institutions in British politics. Contemporary British politics will be examined in light of changes since the Second World War. Students completing this course will have a comprehension of the core institutions of British governance, the British party system with an emphasis on the Conservative and Labour parties as well as the role of the Liberal Democrats, the challenges posed by devolution and the rise of nationalist parties particularly in Scotland, but also in Wales and Northern Ireland, and the UK’s ongoing relationship with the European Union.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify the core institutions of British governance and explain their evolution since the Second World War, and their contemporary roles.
- Discuss the nature of the British party system, and explain the causes of continuity and change.
- Assess the impact of devolution on British governance, and draw conclusions about the future of the United Kingdom.
- Evaluate the causes of Britain’s difficult relationship with Europe, and the potential future directions for this relationship following the Brexit referendum.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
Short Essay, 1500 words (20%) Learning Outcome 1
Research Essay, 2500 words (40%) Learning Outcomes 3 & 4
Final Exam, 2 hrs during examination period (30%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5
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WorkloadTwo hour lecture and one tutorial per week for 12 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 94 hours of independent study over the semester (total 130 hours).
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