Core Module Information
Module title: Politics in British Society

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC08101
Module leader: Kiril Sharapov
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


Description of module content:

The module uses the example of the UK to analyse the concept of democracy and key components of liberal democracy. It examines the different electoral systems used in the UK and discusses different theories of why people vote in a particular way. Moreover, the module analyses the UK’s government and interaction between different political actors, such as the UK Parliament and Prime Minister as well as devolution and the contested nature of the territorial division of power in the UK. In the last part, the module introduces the basic features of the European Union and examines the role of the UK in the EU as well as the referendum on EU membership.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Develop an insight into the meaning of fundamental political concepts
LO2: Comprehend the electoral systems used in Britain and theories for explaining voting behaviour
LO3: Critically examine the main features of the British political system
LO4: Understand the contested nature of the territorial division of power in the UK
LO5: Comprehend the basic features of the European Union and the UK’s role in the EU
LO6: Demonstrate a development of skills in critical thinking and forming/communicating arguments.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Kiril Sharapov
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1-6: Each taught input uses a wide variety of audio-visual resources, group discussion and activity to foster student engagement. Students are taught in one two hour lecture and one one hour tutorial each week. Tutorial work is interactive, and is based on the lecture material and on readings distributed at the start of the semester. There is at least one session taken by an external speaker.

Formative Assessment:
Discussion and verbal feedback will be the primary form of providing formative assessments. Written exercises will also be used in tutorials to enhance scholarly skills and to provide formative feedback using a combination of staff and peer assessment. This is in order to develop confidence with academic writing as well as the ability to précis material.

Summative Assessment:
LOs 1-2: Summative assessment of an essay of 1,500 words due in week 7. The essay assesses the first part of the course.
LOs 3-5: Summative assessment in a final formal exam, where two questions must be chosen from a list of questions relating to the second part of the course.
LO 6 is horizontal and is covered in both assessments.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face CL_TST 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 165
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,2,6 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 3-6 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC08101 Politics in British Society