The module will explore major institutions and processes in British politics. This will include an examination of the party system, the executive (i.e. government, civil service), the mass media and the role of interest organisations. It will also analyse a range of topics, including the politics of Scotland and Ireland and the European dimension. Students will gain a knowledge of how decisions are made in the British Isles and how major institutions work, and understand the relationship between ideologies and politics.
Two one-hour lectures and one tutorial per week
Assessment is averaged on the marks of two written assignments; an essay and a class test. There is no formal end-of-semester examination.
Reading will be assigned each year in September.
Pre-requisite : None
This module offers an introduction to political theory and analysis by exploring ideas and concepts central to political debates in the contemporary world. The module discusses ideologies such as liberalism, conservatism, socialism, Marxism and feminism. It then focuses on much used political ideas and concepts, such as democracy, power, equality, sovereignty, freedom and obligation. The concepts and ideas are explained both through referring to classical texts and through use of examples from everyday life and contemporary politics at home and abroad.
Teaching will consist of two 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour seminar per week.
Coursework (50%); exam (50%).
Festenstein and Kenny: Political Ideologies: A reader and Guide
Hoffman and Graham: Introduction to Political Concepts
Heywood: Political Ideologies
Hoffman and Graham: Introduction to Political Ideologies