This module introduces students to the key elements of the British political system. That system has undergone a number of important changes in recent years, and the module enhances students' understanding of what these changes consist of, why they have taken place and what their implications are. Focusing on changes in the power to shape and make policy decisions, the module explores the shifting role of key actors such as the legislature and media, and at the exercise of policy authority at the sub-national, national and international levels. The module also considers changes in the relationship between citizens and political authorities, and particularly on shifting patterns of individual engagement with politics. Throughout, the module is designed to enhance students' critical skills in being able to analyse changes in policy authority within a political system.
Contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150
Compulsory to the following courses:
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Placement Year
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Foundation Year
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Year in North America
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Year in Continental Europe
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with Quantitative Research
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with Quantitative Research With a Placement Year
Optional to the following courses:
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Language
• BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations with a Year in the Asia-Pacific
• BA (Hons) Economics and Politics
• BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics
• BA (Hons) History and Politics
• BA (Hons) Sociology and Politics
Main assessment methods
• Essay - 2000 words (50%)
• Exam (50%)
Reassessment Instrument: Like for Like
The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Understand the various ways in which the British political system has undergone change in recent years (as well as being able to identify areas of stability).
2 Appreciate the reasons for these changes, and thus the sources of 'stress' on the British political system.
3 Compare the British political system with systems in other countries to understand the degree of change and resilience in different political systems.
4 Identify the consequences of changes in the British political system for decision-making and the quality of democracy.
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