The Labour Party From 1940 to New Labour POLITIC4129

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

A study of the British Labour Party from its participation in the1940-1945 wartime coalition through to the election of New Labour in 1997 and the Blair-Brown premierships, 1997-2010.


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

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses





Essay of 2500 words (50% of the final grade)

Exam (50% of the final grade)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses


Course Aims

This course aims to deepen student knowledge of the Labour Party by analysing the development of its political thought in the second half of the twentieth century. The onus is placed upon student reading and presentations to produce a detailed analysis of Labour's progress in and out of government, from its participation in the 1940-1945 wartime coalition through to its landslide victory in 1997 and the Blair-Brown premierships, 1997-2010. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Critically analyse the Labour Party's political thought since 1940

2. Critically analyse the Labour Party's record in government and opposition, 1940-2010

3. Evaluate key texts written by leading Labour thinkers

4. Analyse the causes of intra-party discord experienced by the Labour Party, 1940-2010

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.