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682372S British Politics from Thatcher to Cameron, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 682372S  Validity 26.03.2014 -
Name British Politics from Thatcher to Cameron  Abbreviation British Politic 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline1101 English 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Humanities 

John Braidwood 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS / 135 hours of work

Language of instruction 



The course is held in the autumn term 2016. In extenuating circumstances an alternative method for taking the course may be offered if the student is unable to take the course in the autumn.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of this course, students will have a thorough understanding of British domestic politics from the 1960s to the 2010s, which saw huge changes in the British political map. Students should be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the dynamic shifts in the role of Prime Minister during this period, with special attention paid to Margaret Thatcher, the 1982 Falklands War and the 1984-5 national Coal Miners’ strike. Students will become fully conversant with the changing language of politics from the 1960s onwards.


Students will familiarise themselves with the major political parties in the UK and become adept at recognising the distinctive characteristics of these parties and their differing political positions. As party politics has to a certain extent given way to personality politics so students will hear key political speeches and examine election material and party manifestos.

Mode of delivery 

Lectures 28 h; reading/self-study 47 h; 3000 word end-term essay (around 10 pages) or agreed project 60 h

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lecture-based communicative approach to teaching. PowerPoint, film, documentaries, (punk) music and art used in the lectures.

Target group 

Master’s-level students of English Philology

Prerequisites and co-requisites 


Recommended optional programme components 

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading 

To be agreed with the course teacher(s).

Assessment methods and criteria 

Final written exam. A detailed description of the assessment criteria will be available in the course workspace in Optima. Information on exams and alternative methods for taking courses can be found on the English Philology website. Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


The course utilises a numerical grading scale 0–5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail

Person responsible 

John Braidwood (University Lecturer)

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

The course is elective in the Advanced Studies of English Philology.


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