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POL243 British Politics

POL243 (POL243A – Autumn, POL243B – Spring) - British Political module at Queen Mary University London

(POL243A – Autumn, POL243B – Spring)

Level: 5

Credits: 30 Credits

Semester: 3 and 4

Contact: Dr James Strong

Overlap: None

Prerequisite: POL100

Associate availability: Full year, Spring and Autumn


This module provides students with advanced knowledge of British politics. It deliberately aims to be more eclectic, wide-ranging and theoretical than typical modules of this sort. At its heart is a deceptively simple question: What is the point of studying British politics? It is a question we will address from multiple angles through the year. In particular, we’ll think about whether there is anything unique about politics in Britain, whether we can learn anything about how politics works in general by studying Britain specifically, and how useful it is as political subjects within Britain to study British politics in a classroom setting. The course is divided into four parts, dealing with where power lies in Britain, how that power is legitimized, how it is held accountable and how the increasing complexity of contemporary political life makes answering these questions more difficult. Topics covered include empire and race, gender, and class; representation, communication and elites; voting, political parties and devolution; technology, capital and transnational threats.

Assessment: 2 x 2,500 word Essays (20% each), & Exam (60%)

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