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.
All obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester.
The exam consists of two parts:
- A term paper. You are required to write ca. 7 pages (+/- 10%).
- A 2-hour written exam at the end of the term.
A pass mark is required on both parts. Both exam parts have to be taken in the same semester. The exams will be graded separately with a combined final mark. The term paper counts towards 70% of the grade and the 2-hour exam counts towards 30%.
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.
Submission in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit in Inspera.
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
For those who want to retake their exam: Since this exam includes a term paper, you must follow the classes and write a new paper in order to qualify. Admission depends on capacity.
If it's just the written exam you have missed because of illness, it is possible to apply for a postponed exam. Please contact the exam coordinator for more information.
Withdrawal from an examination
A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.
If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this 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.