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IP310 - The Monarch: The Role of the Head of State in the British Political System (since 1952).

  • Module code: IP310
  • Module name: The Monarch: The Role of the Head of State in the British Political System (since 1952).
  • Department: Liberal Arts
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

· To develop an understanding of political systems and the role of heads of state within those (whether elected or hereditary); · To understand key theories of political representation and representativeness; · To develop the ability to interpret, compare, analyse, and evaluate the role of Heads of State;To strengthen students' ability to develop policy proposals, having applied their knowledge, undertaken research to find out possible alternatives, examined their benefits and downsides, and formulated (and justified) their proposed solutions; · To hone students' research and team-working skills.

Principal learning outcomes

· Examined and critically assessed arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data relating to the challenges and benefits of a hereditary head of state; · Acquired an understanding of theories and approaches to political representation and representativeness; · Demonstrated an understanding of the evolution of the role of heads of state in different political systems and the British political system in particular; · Demonstrated their ability to engage in an academic debate by identifying areas of enquiry, carry out research projects and present well researched and substantiated arguments; · Developed their ability to construct arguments based on a selected theory and defend their choice of theory; · Applied their skills to develop evidence-based responses/solutions to identified problems; · Demonstrated the ability to communicate complex and contentious ideas and problems clearly and succinctly.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: IP310-15)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Presentation 20%
  Policy Brief 25%
  Essay 3000 words 40%
  Viva 15%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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