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School of Politics and International Relations

POL373 Parliamentary Studies

POL373 Parliamentary Studies (POL373A - Autumn)

Credits: 15
Semester: A

Module Convenor: Dr Daniel Gover
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

Description: Every democracy has a legislature which performs a number of key functions, most obviously representation, scrutiny, and of course law-making. This module focuses on how – and how effectively – the UK parliament performs these functions. With input from parliamentary staff, it is designed to combine rigorous academic analysis of parliament with a solid practical understanding of how the legislature works. It will look, among other things, at how laws are made, executive-legislative relations, executive scrutiny, representation and composition, constituency representation, select committees, and the House of Lords. It is intended to be a highly practical, hands-on module that may serve as a springboard for those considering a professional career in or around politics.

MODULE AIMS 

  • To provide students with specialist understanding of the procedures and working practices of the UK parliament.
  • To familiarise students with key academic studies and frameworks for understanding parliament’s operation.
  • To equip students with advanced knowledge and skills to monitor parliament directly, including familiarity with parliamentary publications and personal interactions with parliamentary figures.
  • To further develop students’ research skills, including through analysis of primary source materials.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Academic content

Students will:

  • Gain specialist understanding of the procedures and working practices of the UK parliament.
  • Develop practical knowledge of how to investigate parliament through primary records.
  • Develop familiarity with key academic studies and frameworks for understanding parliament’s operation.

Disciplinary skills

Students will:

  • Further develop research skills, including by locating primary source material for independent research.
  • Further develop analytical skills, including by applying key academic findings and frameworks.
  • Further develop communication skills, both written and oral.

Attributes

Students will be:

  • Able to accurately explain and analyse parliament’s procedures and working practices.
  • Able to monitor parliament’s operation directly, for example by accessing parliamentary records and through personal interactions with parliamentary figures.
  • Able to conduct independent research, combining primary and secondary source materials."

Assessment: 1 x 3,000 word essay (60%) & 1 x Multiple Choice Test (40%)

Connected course(s): Compulsory for: None
Level: 6