POL3053 : Political Leadership in Britain
POL3053 : Political Leadership in Britain
- Offered for Year: 2023/24
- Module Leader(s): Dr Nick Randall
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
|European Credit Transfer System|
Modules you must have done previously to study this module
|POL2045||British Politics: State and Society|
|POL1015||The Westminster System: the UK in comparative perspective|
Pre Requisite Comment
Students are required to have studied EITHER POL1015 The Westminster System: Politics of the UK OR POL2045 British Politics: State and Society.
This is to ensure that students have prior knowledge and understanding of the UK political system.
Modules you need to take at the same time
Co Requisite Comment
Questions of leadership are ubiquitous in British politics. Leaders are subject to ongoing commentary in print, broadcast and social media. Opinion polls routinely collect popular assessments of leaders, while valence politics renders attitudes towards political leaders increasingly electorally salient. The diaries, autobiographies, and biographies of leaders reach wide audiences. However, much of the discussion and assessment of leadership in Britain is insular and atheoretical. This module therefore aims to examine political leadership in Britain by reference to a range of theoretical debates in political science and kindred disciplines.
Outline Of Syllabus
Topics on the syllabus are likely to include:
- What is Political Leadership?
- Biography, Psychology, Personality and British Political Leadership
- British Political Leaders and Their Followers
- Performance and British Political Leadership
- British Political Leaders and the Electorate
- The Body Politic? Gender and British Political Leadership
- Blunders, Scandals, Crises and British Political Leadership
- Foreign Policy Leadership
- Ethics and British Political Leadership
- Into the Political Sunset: Leaving Office, Political Legacies, and the Evaluation of British Political Leadership
Intended Knowledge Outcomes
On completion of the module, students will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the careers, governing techniques, and the records of political leaders in Britain;
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how the institutional, party political, electoral, and international contexts influences the exercise of political leadership in Britain;
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, theories, and debates on political leadership and be able to apply this knowledge and understanding to political leaders in Britain.
Intended Skill Outcomes
The module will develop students’ skills to:
Critically evaluate empirical data, concepts, arguments and theories
Develop and articulate this critical understanding through independent reading, seminar presentations, group discussion, and written communication
|Structured Guided Learning||Lecture materials||14||0:30||7:00||Pre-recorded videos examining the careers of the 14 prime ministers to be studied in the module|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||11||1:30||16:30||Present in person lectures|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||11||1:30||16:30||Present in person seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||160:00||160:00||Seminar preparation; assessment preparation and completion.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The pre-recorded video content introduces students to the careers of the 14 post-war UK prime ministers to be studied in the module.
The in-person lectures introduce students to the key topics of the module.
The present in person seminars are designed to actively engage students in critical discussion of the core theoretical, conceptual, and empirical concerns of the module.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Students will complete one essay portfolio of 4000 words. The essay portfolio will comprise two components. The first component (2000 words) will analyse one individual leader in depth using the theories and concepts introduced and examined in the module. The second component (2000 words) will require students to select a theoretical approach to the study of political leadership. Students will then critically evaluate that perspective by applying it to several British political leaders studied in the module.
Past Exam Papers
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