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
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
|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
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
John Braidwood (University Lecturer)
|Working life cooperation
The course is elective in the Advanced Studies of English