Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2114: Issues in Modern British Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module’s precise content varies from year to year depending on the issues of relevance and importance that emerge.

In the beginning of the module, you will be asked to vote on and select 4 issues to be covered in the module.

The list of the possible issues includes the following topics:

  • Reforming the electoral system – pros and cons (and how to)
  • Future of multiculturalism and social cohesion
  • Electoral rights (e.g., vote at 16, voting rights for non-citizen residents and non-resident citizens)
  • Social and political values in a state of flux
  • Political engagement beyond elections
  • Changing nature of social class
  • The rise of identity politics
  • Media and politics
  • Representative claims and challenges to representative democracy in Britain, etc.

In addition, the module will provide an opportunity to develop team working, debating and presentation skills through interactive sessions spread across the term.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities147 x 2 hr interactive lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities84 x 2 hr student presentations and discussions
Guided independent study50Completing readings assigned for the module in preparation for the discussion of selected poitical issues
Guided independent study30Preparation of the presentation
Guided independent study48Preparation of the research report, including conducting research, collecting and analysing data and writing up results

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).