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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST52830: British Politics and Government since 1820 II

Department: History

HIST52830: British Politics and Government since 1820 II

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08


  • HIST52730


  • HIST50130

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • Further study of leading issues in British political history at an advanced level, extending work undertaken in British Politics and Government since 1820 I, and normally leading to a dissertation in this field.


  • Leading aspects of the character of British politics and government will be identified in discussion, and the subject chosen for the extended essay will demand that several of these aspects should be tackled. These aspects might include electoral politics; the nature of individual parties or the party struggle; the composition and responsibilities of government; major policy issues; the relationships between government, parties and the electorate.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
      Key Skills:

        Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

        • Objectives are to be met through a programme of intensive directed reading, regular discussion of issues arising from the reading, and the production of an extensive piece of writing on an agreed subject.

        Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

        Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
        Tutorials 5 fortnightly 1.5 7.5
        Other: Unscheduled meetings as requested by the student. Variable Variable Variable 2.5
        Preparation & Reading 290
        Total 300

        Summative Assessment

        Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
        Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
        Essay 5000 words 100%

        Formative Assessment:

        Discussion of work in progress.

        Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University