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682406S Political Developments in the United Kingdom, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 682406S  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name Political Developments in the United Kingdom  Abbreviation Political Devel 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline1101 English 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Humanities 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS / 135 hours of work

Language of instruction 



The course is held in the autumn term 2015. 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 the course students will be able to display insight into the unique, eccentric and idiosyncratic development of British politics. Students should be able to explain and discuss the major political parties in Britain, the workings of parliament and the electoral system.


The course leads off from the foundation of real political parties in Britain in the 18 th century and continues through the creation of mainstream parties in the 19 th and 20 th centuries. Political theory is addressed through a close reading of Walter Bagehot. The ignominy of British appeasement of Hitler at Munich in 1938 is studied and used as a basis for future British political developments up to and including Saddam Hussein.

Mode of delivery 

Lectures 28 h; reading/self-study 47 h; end-term essay of 3000 words (around 10 pages) 60 h

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lecture-based communicative approach to teaching. Independent study of materials provided in the course workspace online. Lectures will be supplemented by PowerPoints, music, poetry and political speeches.

Target group 

Master’s-level students of English Philology

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Introduction to British Studies is recommended.

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 essay from a prescribed list. 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.


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended Political Developments in the United Kingdom  Course  John Braidwood  06.09.21 -13.12.21

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