Modules

Birkbeck offers a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level that deal with the study of British politics.

 

Undergraduate Modules

Contemporary British Politics: A core module on the BA Politics that provides students with an understanding of British politics and government, its key actors and institutions, and the main issues of controversy and contestation.

Parliamentary Studies: An optional module on the BA Politics that offers students a unique opportunity to understand how parliaments work by learning from parliamentary officials themselves.

British and comparative foreign policy analysis: An option module on the BA Global Politics and International Relations that provides students with an understanding of the analysis and practicalities of foreign policy formulation in the UK and other states.

Postgraduate Modules

Modern British Politics: A core module on the MSc Government, Politics and Policy that examines cutting edge debates about the government and politics of Britain.

Public Policy: Interests, Ideas and Institutions: A core module on the MSc Government, Politics and Policy and MSc Public Policy and Management that applies key paradigms in the study of public policy to classic and contemporary policy issues in the UK and beyond.

Public Management: Theories and Innovations: A core module on the MSc Government, Politics and Policy and MSc Public Policy and Management that explores changes to the machinery of British government.

PhD studies

Birkbeck’s Department of Politics has a track record of successfully supervising PhD students working in the field of British politics.

For further details about Birkbeck’s PhD programme, please see here.

Recent Posts

Rafael Behr: Life in the Lobby at Westminster

This week, in the comfort of the Keynes library, Guardian journalist Rafael Behr gave Birkbeck’s Parliamentary Studies students an insight into life in the lobby at Westminster. He remembered how forbidding Parliament appeared to a budding new journalist, explained how the famous lobby system works and gave an insight into the ways in which reporters try to find out (or try to find out) exactly what is happening. Questions and discussion ranged across from the ‘usual channels’ to Conservative mutineers and ended with Rafael reflecting on some of his favourite Parliamentary moments.Rafael Behr in the Keynes Library

You can see his columns here and follow him on Twitter @rafaelbehr

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