Issues In British Politics POLITIC4009

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce students to a range of issues found in the study of British politics, including institutional and ideological frameworks, the main UK political parties, environment policy, Britain's relationship with the EU, and Britain's place in the world.


This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the Politics Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses





Essay of 2500 words (50% of the final grade)

Exam (50% of the final grade)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses


Course Aims

This course aims to deepen student knowledge of a range of issues in British Politics, including The British Political Tradition, the legacy of the post-war consensus (c.1945-1979), the rethinking of the state under the Thatcher governments, 1979-1990 and beyond, Conservative Party and Labour Party repositioning, constitutional reform by act of parliament (1997-present), the undoing of UK membership of the European Union, Britain's role in the world, and the extent to which a coherent policy on climate change and the environment has been achieved by successive governments are all considered.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically analyse key developments in British politics since 1979

■ Contextualise these developments with reference to economic and constitutional theory, ideology and international frameworks, 1945-present

■ Evaluate scholarly literature on each of the topics discussed

■ Apply knowledge gained analytically to identify likely future developments

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.