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PI3562: POLITICAL PARTIES IN BRITAIN (2021-2022)

Last modified: 02 Nov 2021 11:20


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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Lynn G. Bennie

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Either International Relations (IR) (Studied) or Politics (PI) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

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?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


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.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 26 - 35, 39 - 41

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Summative Assessments

Blog post

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 29 Feedback Weeks 31

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Feedback

A blog-style report on a policy challenge in Britain, with analysis of party responses/solutions. Course coordinator to provide feedback, helping students work towards the essay later in the term.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse the democratic functions and performance of political parties, including representation, participation and policy-making.
ProceduralAnalyseAnalyse the relationship between party ideologies and party policy in British politics.
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate changing relationships between British political parties and the electorate, to include voting trends and theories, party election strategies and campaigns.
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate the contested and changing nature of political debate, between and within Britain’s parties.

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
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Feedback

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

Word Count 3500
Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed elements

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the key characteristics of Britain’s party system.
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse the democratic functions and performance of political parties, including representation, participation and policy-making.
ProceduralAnalyseAnalyse the relationship between party ideologies and party policy in British politics.
ProceduralAnalyseAnalyse the organisation and distribution of power within Britain’s political parties.
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate changing relationships between British political parties and the electorate, to include voting trends and theories, party election strategies and campaigns.
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate the contested and changing nature of political debate, between and within Britain’s parties.
ReflectionCreatePropose democratic reforms to British political parties and Britain’s political system.

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