Politics and Public Policy module (PO11001)

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20

Module code

PO11001

Module details

This module consists of three interconnected elements. 

The first part covers the political and civil institutions in the UK, an underlying theme being their influence over the processes and outcomes of UK politics.  A closely related theme concerns the questions: who actually governs the UK and how?  This is an area which is increasingly contentious following constitutional changes (Scottish devolution, new assemblies in Wales and Northern Ireland etc.). 

The second part of the module focuses on social divisions, on how we choose and influence our leaders and on how we maintain civil society (for example, law and order). 

The final part covers public policy and includes economic and environmental issues.

Module Aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide an introduction to the study of politics.
  • To assess the power of governmental and non governmental institutions in the UK and their impact on public policy making.
  • To offer an introduction to public policy making in the UK.

Assessment

The assessed components for this module are:

  • One Micro Essay [referencing exercise] (20%)
  • One Main Essay (40%)
  • One 2-hour seen examination (40%)

The resit components for this module are:

  • Two essays, each of 1,500 words.  Hard copy and SafeAssign submission will be required. 

The assessed components for this module are:

  • One Micro Essay [referencing exercise] (20%)
  • Two Essays (40% each)

The resit components for this module are:

  • Two essays, each of 1,500 words.  Hard copy and SafeAssign submission will be required.

Teaching

There will be one-hour lectures (two per week), and 10 one-hour tutorials (one per week).

Indicative Reading:

  • Jones, B. and Norton, P., Politics UK. (Harlow: Pearson, 2010)
  • Garnett M. and Lynch P., Exploring British Politics. (Harlow: Pearson, 2009)

The following has been updated for 2015/16:

  • Jones, M. and Norton, P. (eds) (2014) Politics UK, Eighth Edition (Abingdon: Routledge).
  • Moran, M. (2011) Politics and Governance in the UK, Second Edition (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).

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