Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC1003: British Government and Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 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 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.  

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