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Module

POL2045 : British Politics: State and Society

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nick Randall
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module aims to explore the interplay of the UK state and society by analysing key features of the context within which British politics is situated. It will examine key economic, social and ideational institutions and relationships, analyse major trends in relation to these and relate them to both government policies and central bodies of contemporary social theory.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics to be covered could include:

1.       Introduction to the module
2.       Theories of British Politics: The Westminster Model and Beyond
3.       The Changing Character of the British State
4.       Parties, State and Society: 1945-1974 – The Rise and Fall of the ‘Postwar Consensus’
5.       Parties, State and Society: The Rise and Fall(?) of Neoliberalism
6.       The UK State and the Performance of the UK Economy
7.       The UK State and the Power of Organised Labour
8.       The UK State and the Power of Business
9.       Class and UK Politics.
10.       Gender and UK Politics
11.       The Politics of ‘Race’ and Ethnicity in the UK
12.       The ‘Troubles’ and ‘Peace’ in Northern Ireland
13.       The Media and UK Politics
14.       Britain’s World Role: Losing an Empire? Finding a Role?
15.       Britain’s World Role: The Anglo-American Relationship
16.       Britain’s World Role: Europe and Brexit – The Return or the End of UK Politics?
17.       Leading the UK State
18.       Structure and Agency in British politics

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1128:00128:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00Recorded, non-synchronous personal capture videos
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities93:0027:00Guided readings, guided questions and tasks based on reading, lecture and seminar content
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time91:009:00Optional synchronous Q&A feedback hour with module leader
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk91:009:00Synchronous topic review with module leader
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The recorded non-synchronous video content introduces students to the key features of the economic, social, ideational and international contexts of British politics. In addition, they serve to outline and illustrate the principal concepts and theories available in understanding these contexts.

The seminars provide a synchronous environment in which students can explore their understanding of, and offer critical evaluation of these empirical, conceptual, and theoretical issues.

The one hour topic review provides students with the opportunity to ask questions on a specific topic and the module leader may also use the time to expand upon and clarify material on that topic.

The one hour drop-in/surgery provides students the chance to ask general questions of the module leader.

The structured guided learning activities allow students to check and extend their knowledge and understanding of the empirical, conceptual and theoretical content of the module.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M25Weekly online guided tasks and questions. Seminar contributions and seminar summary report.
Essay1M753000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The professional skills assessment is designed to foster and check self-managed learning during the module. It is comprised of completion of weekly guided tasks to be completed online, assessment of student contributions to online group discussions, and the completion of a summary report of the discussion in one seminar meeting.

The 3,000 word essay will require students to synthesise material from several topics and explore these in greater depth. It will assess the student’s ability to place, synthesise and critically evaluate the material covered in scheduled and guided learning and that drawn from their own independent research

Reading Lists

Timetable