British Government

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 16 January 2023
Friday 24 March 2023
19 May 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

LLB ML14 Law with Politics (Including Year Abroad),
LLB ML15 Law with Politics (Including Placement Year),
LLB ML16 Law with Politics,
LLB ML26 Law with Politics (Including Foundation 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 taught over 2 hours per week


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Essay 1   16/02/2023  50% 
Coursework   Essay 2  27/04/2023  50% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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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: Jasini Hobbs - (govquery@essex.ac.uk)



External examiner

Dr Stefano Pagliari
City, University of London
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (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), module, or event type.


Further information

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