|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||14 Hours. (14 x 1 hour)|
|Seminars / Tutorials||7 Hours. (7 x 1 hour)|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Essay: 1 x 3,000 words||40%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours||60%|
|Supplementary Exam||Resit opportunities for this module will be available in the Supplementary examination period. F resit: The student will re-sit the module by examination only for a 'capped' pass mark (40). H resit: The student will submit missing coursework elements and/or re-sit by examination in the Supplementary exam period in lieu of a missed/failed exam for full marks. Students re-sitting elements of failed coursework are required to select a different essay/assignment title and must not submit re-written versions of the original essay/assignment.|
On completion of the modules, students will be able to:
- Describe and analyse the historical development of a variety of different parliamentary bodies
- Critically assess the relevance of alternative understandings of 'democracy' and 'representation' to the functioning of parliamentary democracy
- Critically discuss the performance of major parliamentary institutions in the UK and overseas
- Review and assess leading perspectives on the factors shaping the behaviour of political representatives
This module examines the centrality of Parliaments to the practice of representation and the exercise of political authority in modern democratic polities.
This module aims to develop student awareness of the evolving role of parliaments within modern democratic politics. It does so by examining the historical roots of parliamentary institutions; reviewing the central place of parliaments within theories of representative democracy; considering the factors shaping the behaviour of individual parliamentarians; and challenging students to assess the role of parliaments in promoting political continuity and/or change.
10 ECTS credits
This module is at CQFW Level 6