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Course Overview

The course involves a detailed examination of Britain’s party system and the individual political parties.  Through this course, students should acquire a knowledge and understanding of a number of inter-related themes, including the role and democratic function of political parties in Britain, the development of party philosophies and how these relate to the realities of party policy, the organisation and distribution of power within Britain’s political parties, and elections and party campaigns.  In this way, the course examines the contested and changing nature of political debate in British politics.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Lynn Bennie

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either International Relations (IR) (Studied) or Politics (PI) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PI3062 Political Parties in Britain (Studied)
  • PI3552 Political Parties in Britain (Studied)
  • (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course involves a detailed examination of British Parties, with a focus on: Party philosophy; Party policies; Power and organisation; Voting, elections and campaigns.

Further Information & Notes

Available only to students in Politics OR International Relations degrees.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One 3,500 word essay (40%) and a three-hour exam (60%).

1 three-hour examination (60%). In-course grades will be carried forward unless the student opts to resubmit course work (40%).

Formative Assessment

Feedback on group work.


Continuous feedback in class, especially on group presentations. Detailed written feeback on essay provided within two weeks.

Course Learning Outcomes


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