Module Details

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Title GOVERNING BRITAIN: WESTMINSTER, WHITEHALL AND BEYOND
Code POLI230
Coordinator Dr AS Roe-Crines
Politics
A.S.Crines@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

To consider the functions ofpolitical institutions within the British political party system. To examine the structures and how they develop, both as a result of their historical circumstances and their attempts to deal with their current roles. To examine the power relationships between the institutions and the political parties. To better understand the environment faced by British political institutions and their operational relevance to contemporary UK governance.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate in depth knowledge and understanding of the structures and processes of the UK parliaments and assemblies.

(LO2) Compare and contrast powers held at Westminster, Holyrood, The Welsh Assembly, the Northern Ireland Assembly, and the London Assembly.

(LO3) Understand and engage in contemporary debates surrounding the functioning of the power structures of the UK

(LO4) Develop research skills to allow navigation and robust research of the institutions of British governance.

(S1) Research Methods

(S2) Parliamentary studies

(S3) Awareness of where power resides


Syllabus

 

Topics covered during the module may include:

Sovereignty and the Westminster Model;

The Constitution;

The UK Prime Minister, Cabinet and Opposition;

The Chancellor and the Treasury;

The Home Secretary and the Home Office;

The Foreign Secretary and the Foreign Office;

The Civil Service;

Holyrood;

The Northern Ireland Assembly;

The Welsh Assembly;

The London Assembly.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Workshop
Description: This module will be taught in two hour 'workshop sessions'. The first hour will be a short introductory lecture, the second hour will be a seminar where activities and discussions will drive the learning.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Self-Directed Learning Description: Students will be expected to undertake private study to be prepared for each workshop.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           22

22
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 128
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Essay-based exam There is a resit opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester two  120 minutes.    50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Parliamentary research brief There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester two  2,000 words    50       

Recommended Texts

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