Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3277: Developments in British Politics: Institutions and Behaviour

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover most or all of the following topics:

  • Models of British politics
  • The Parliament and representation
  • Elections, parties, voting, and the electoral system
  • The Scottish independence referendum 2014
  • The Brexit referendum 2016
  • Local government reform and democracy at different levels
  • Electoral reform
  • Democratic backsliding
  • Processes in British politics (ousting and instating a Prime Minister, maintaining Parliamentary sovereignty)

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
Schedule Learning and Teaching Activity2211 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study44Seminar preparation
Guided Independent Study84Coursework including essay planning and writing

Online Resources

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

ELE – https://vle.exeter.ac.uk/