Module Identifier IP30520  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Roger Scully  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   11 Hours 11 x 1 hour Lectures  
  Seminar   11 Hours 11 x 1 hour Seminars  
Assessment Essay   1 x 2,000 word essay   40%  
  Exam   2 Hours   60%  


By the end of this module students will:

10 ECTS Credits


This module will be concerned with understanding the developing role of parliaments within modern democratic politics. This will involve an examination of a number of parliamentary chambers (with particular focus on Westminster, the European Parliament, and the new chambers in Scotland and Wales), as well as various theoretical perspective relating to the internal functioning of the chamber, the behaviour of its? members, and the relationship of a parliament to the wider political system. Students will be challenged to think about the role of parliaments for political stability and/or change.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
P Silk. How Parliament Works.
G Copeland & S Patterson. Parliaments in the Modern World.