Politics 3: Issues in British Politics POLITIC3020

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

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

Grade D3 in Politics 2A and Politics 2B.

Excluded Courses

Issues in British Politics (POLITIC4009)




An essay of 2000 words counts for 40% of the final grade with 60% based on an unseen two-hour exam in which students must address two questions out of six.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course aims to deepen student knowledge of a range of issues in British Politics, including the enduring legacy of the post-war consensus (c.1945-1979), the rethinking of the state under the Thatcher, Major and Blair governments (1979-2007), the 2008 Global Financial Crisis and a series of striking political developments in the UK through to the 2017 general election and Brexit (e.g. coalition government at Westminster in 2010; a majority SNP government in Scotland in 2011; UKIP's success in the 2014 European Parliament elections; the 2016 EU referendum). The certainties which for so long characterised the British political system have in recent years appeared less certain. 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:

■ Analyse key developments in British politics since 1979

■ Discuss these developments in their historical context, 1945-present

■ Apply knowledge gained from the above to identify possible future developments

■ Demonstrate familiarity with a range of scholarly literature on British politics

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.