POL373 Parliamentary Studies
(POL37A – Autumn)
Credits: 15 credits
Contact: Dr Daniel Gover
Compulsory for: None
Associate availability: Not Available
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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%)