The New British Politics

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
22 May 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA 0A56 Political Theory and Public Policy (Including Year Abroad),
BA 7L29 Political Theory and Public Policy,
BA 7L30 Political Theory and Public Policy (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module examines the changing UK political system over the last twenty years. It charts the fall and apparent rise again of the Westminster Model of majoritarian democracy. The module considers developments such as devolution, Britain's relationship with the EU, House of Lords reform and the party system.

Module aims

• To provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the UK political system;
• to demonstrate to students how the British political system has changed over time;
• to provide students with the foundations for studying more specialised and advanced modules in British politics in subsequent years;
• to develop the key skills required for the successful study of political science.

Module learning outcomes

• Have a familiarity with the historical background and development of British government and politics, including its relationship with the European Union;
• Have an understanding of the British political system and its main institutions – constitution, executive, parliament, local government and courts;
• Comprehend the relationship between government institutions and Britain’s cultural and social attributes;
• Have an understanding of the main theories used to explain British politics.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered with (i) a weekly pre-recorded lecture and (ii) a weekly interactive lecture. The pre-recorded lecture will consist of one or more items of prepared content that students can access electronically and must study before the interactive lecture. The interactive lecture will consist of one 50-minute lecture in which students can ask questions about, and discuss various aspects of, the prepared content with the module supervisor.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay 1     50% 
Coursework   Essay 2    50% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof John Bartle, email: jbartl@essex.ac.uk.
Professor John Bartle
Module Supervisor: Professor John Bartle -(bartl@essex.ac.uk) / / Module Administrator: Lewis Olley - (govquery@essex.ac.uk)



External examiner

Dr Mohammed Rodwan Abouharb
University College London
Available via Moodle
Of 30 hours, 30 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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