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Course content

In this course, the political, economic, and social aspects of contemporary British society will be studied in the light of developments since 1945.

Britain’s relations with Europe and the rest of the world in the post war period will be examined and discussed, with a particular focus on the question of Britain’s role in the world, post-Empire. Emphasis will also be placed on the development of British politics from 1979 to the present; focusing on the Thatcher period, New Labour and the recent Coalition government.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • have an understanding of and insight into British postwar history and society
  • have an overview of the development of politics in Britain since the second world war, with a particular focus on the period since Mrs Thatcher gained office in 1979
  • can identify a topic for investigation, and can analyse central questions relating to the British post-war experience


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG2515 - Britain since 1945


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 administrator.

Students must submit a proposal for their individual essay topic by a stated deadline during the semester. The proposal must be approved by the teacher.

Students must also submit a first draft of the paper within a set due date. Feedback will be given.


A portfolio consisting of an essay of 3000 words (+/- 10 %), and a 2 hour class room exam. Students are required to set their own individual essay topic, but the topic must be approved by the teacher.

You submit your paper in Fronter in the course's "fellesrom". Read more about submission procedures.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

English-English dictionary

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

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.

Grades will be published on Studentweb three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

For those who want to retake their exam: Because this is a portfolio exam, you must follow the classes and write a new paper in order to qualify. Admission depends on capacity.

If it's just the class room exam you have missed because of illness, it it possible to apply for a postponed exam  for the same semester. Please contact the exam administrator for more information.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, 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.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

Facts about this course






Autumn 2018


Autumn 2018

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