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School of Politics and International Relations

POL260 Power and Legitimacy in British Politics

(POL260A  - Autumn)

Level: 5

Semester: A

Credit Value: 15

Module Convenor: Dr James Strong

Overlap: None

Pre-requisite: None

Compulsory for: Semi-compulsory L202, L20Y

Associate Availability: Full Year and Autumn only

The module offers students deeper conceptual insights into the fundamental forces underpinning contemporary British politics. It explores the power structures that support everyday practices, including ethnic, gender and class inequalities. It considers how different forces - from the conventional constitution through the electoral system - legitimize those power structures. It asks a big question - how does British politics work, and whom does it work for?

Assessment: 1 x 1500 word essay (40%) and 1 x 2000 word essay (60%)