Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC1032: Return to Learning - British Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Joanie Willett (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This ground-breaking module will use the question of how pluralist British Politics is, to take students on a journey through under-examined aspects of British histories, cultures, and politics.  In many respects it tackles the themes of traditional British Politics courses, but will provide a fresh new set of perspectives which begins from some of the inequalities which ripple through contemporary Britain.  Our aim is that by exploring different positionalities and perspectives, some of the long-standing fracture lines in British society and politics can become better understood.  Further, the module presents a version of politics in which power is dispersed throughout civil society, rather than held centrally in Westminster.  We will explore the idea that the body politic is something that we all have the capacity to shape, and that we are all a part of, rather than something that is remote and inaccessible. 

No prior knowledge skills or experience are required to take this module and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students. The module will be taught through predominantly online learning.  This will take the form of online lecture videos, audio-visual supplementary material, weekly readings,and an activity pack.  In addition, students may attend 3 x 2 hour online seminars to discuss assignments and module organisation. These include:

Introductory contact point – what is the module about, how is it organised, and how to learn?

Secondary contact point – week 4, how to go about the referencing assessment

Third contact point – week 7 assesment feedback,and preparation for the essay.

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