ENG2517 - The British Constitution
This course looks at the historical development of the British political system from the time of the Glorious Revolution in 1689 to the present. Emphasis is placed on the gradual development of the system of ”Crown-in-Parliament” over the course of the eighteenth century, and the subsequent challenges to, and reforms of, this system in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Central topics which are covered are:
- the emergence of a radical challenge to the political system from the 1760s onwards
- the subsequent three great reform acts of the nineteenth century
- devolution, constitutional reform and the effect of Britain’s EU-membership in the twentieth century
After completing this course, you:
- understand the nature of the British political system, and the notion of an evolving British Constitution.
- can analyse the present challenges to the British Constitution, and the changes which have been carried out in the past.
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Recommended previous knowledge
It is recommended that you have ENG1505 - British Civilisation or similar knowledge.
10 credits overlap with ENG4517 - The British Constitution
Seminar, two hours per week for 10 weeks, 20 hours in all.
Attendance is obligatory at least 8 out of 10 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the exam coordinator.
Students must hand in a first draft of the paper during the semester. Feedback will be given. In addition to this, students will prepare one oral group presentation for the rest of the class.
Portfolio evaluation consisting of an essay 2000 words +/- 10%, and a two hour written class room exam.
You must submit your final essay in Fronter within a set date.
Use of sources and citation
Examination support material
You are allowed to use an English–English dictionary on the classroom exam.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
If it's just the class room exam you have missed because of illness, it's possible to apply for a postponed exam. Please contact the exam coordinator.
Withdrawal from an examination
A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.
If you wish to withdraw from the exam you must do so in Studentweb at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Failure to do so will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.