Ideas and Politics in Contemporary Britain

As taught Spring Semester 2011

Dr Andrew Denham, School of Politics and International Relations

This resource presents the module handbook for the Ideas and Politics in Contemporary Britain module.

Overview of Module:

The aim of this module is to explain and assess the nature and role of ideas and ideologies in British politics. Specifically, it examines how and why the policies of the 'mainstream' parties (Conservative, Labour and the Liberal Democrats) have been affected by ideas and ideologies, on the one hand, and political pragmatism, on the other. It also explores the ideas and ideologies of minor parties and ‘new social movements’ and their role and significance for the study and practice of politics in Britain today.

Module Codes: M13115 (20 credits)

Suitable for study at: Undergraduate Level

Method and Frequency of Class: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Target Students: Undergrdauates from the Schools of Politics, Economics, History, Law, Sociology and Social Policy. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Offering School: Politics and International Relations