• 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.

Learning Outcomes

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:

  1. Identify the core institutions of British governance and explain their evolution since the Second World War, and their contemporary roles.
  2. Discuss the nature of the British party system, and explain the causes of continuity and change.
  3. Assess the impact of devolution on British governance, and draw conclusions about the future of the United Kingdom.
  4. Evaluate the causes of Britain’s difficult relationship with Europe, and the potential future directions for this relationship following the Brexit referendum.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial 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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 Two 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).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level Political Science (POLS) courses, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST2104.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3900
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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