Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1001A: British Government and Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Sarah Cooper (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module will introduce you to British politics and will act as the next step on from A Level Politics, whilst giving  those who have not previously studied the subject a rapid introduction.

Lectures will cover the main institutions and processes of government, with contemporary emphasis but also historical awareness, and will introduce areas such as democracy in Britain, electoral politics and executive politics. In addition, it will encourage you to look beyond formal modes of government, and will analyse the manner in which public policy is created, implemented and evaluated by key actors inside, and outside, of government.

Indeed, a major theme of the course will be the emphasis on governance, and the idea that the formulation and delivery of policies is undertaken by government, but also in partnership with both private sector and voluntary organisations. Furthermore, the course will stress that the ‘new politics’ of permanent campaigning and direct action must be viewed in the context of power shifting upwards (to Europe) and downwards (to the devolved territories).

This theoretical information encountered on the module will be illustrated through a range of ‘real-world’ case studies such as the NHS and Climate Change Legislation

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