Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1046: The State of the UK: Identifying Marginalised Identities and Addressing Inequalities

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Aims

The overarching aim of the module is to both analyse the merit of theoretical content, but also demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to appropriate empirical examples. It is the intention of the module, therefore, to build upon existing knowledge of UK Politics to identify marginalized identities, and demand that this information in an academic and degree-level manner, with a critical and thoughtful approach. Having completed the course, it is expected that students will be aware of the mechanics of government, but will go beyond this to question the role of various actors and the efficacy and validity of contemporary political practices in the UK in regard to addressing inequalities.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate understanding of the core institutional features of the UK government and their role in policymaking
2. be able assess societal inequalities in terms of key areas such as healthcare and education through informed engagement with contemporary debates
Discipline-Specific Skills3. be able to place descriptive material within a conceptual and theoretical context and to move from the concrete to the abstract and vice versa.
4. be able to assimilate and analyse a wide range of disparate data including media reports web-based material and governmental publications.
5. be able to engage critically with material and to offer a degree of academic impartiality on a subject many feel strongly about.
Personal and Key Skills6. be able to summarise demanding material and construct measured arguments through tutorials and essays.
7. be able to reflect critically on key topics in an examination environment