The Conservative Party since 1945 POLITIC4150

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines the Conservative Party's electoral performance and domestic and international policies in government and opposition from 1945 to the present.


2 hour lecture/seminars x 11 weeks.

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






One essay/research note of between 2,000 and 2,500 words (50%)

One two hour examination in which students attempt to answer two questions out of six (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

 The aim of this course is to provide a fresh and challenging approach to the understanding of the Conservative party, whose policies at home and abroad continue to shape contemporary Britain.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ evaluate Conservative Party policy responses in government and opposition to economic, social and geo-political developments in British politics since 1945.

■ evaluate the evolution of the Conservative Party's political thought since 1945.

■ demonstrate orally and in writing a detailed knowledge of the Conservative Party since 1945, and familiarity with a wide body of literature.

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.