ENG4517 – The British Constitution
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
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.
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.
10 credits overlap with ENG2517 – The British Constitution (discontinued)
Seminar, two hours per week for 10 weeks, 20 hours in all.
- Students are expected to attend all teaching. The quality of the teaching depends on active participation in all seminars. If you are not able to attend, you must give notice to the seminar teacher no later than the same day as the absence.
- 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 final grade is set on the basis of a written term paper (7 standard pages à 2,300 characters, 60% of the grade) and a short take-home exam (2 hours, 40% of the grade).
It is required to pass both parts of the exam individually, and you have to take both parts in the same semester.
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
During the written exam: English-English dictionary.
Macmillan Dictionary will be offered in the digital examination system Inspera.
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 consultant 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.