PSC 439 - Politics and Policy of the United Kingdom

Description
This course will introduce you to the government, politics and policy of the United Kingdom (UK). Topics will include political history, parties, interest groups, elections, governing institutions (Parliament, the Prime Minister and Cabinet), regional issues including Northern Ireland, Britain’s process of leaving the European Union (“Brexit”), and a number of specific policy areas. After a brief survey of the political history of Britain, the course will focus on post-WWII politics and policy, from the creation of the National Health Service and the growth of the welfare state in the early post-war years, to the “Thatcher revolution” of the 1980s and its emphasis on free market principles, Prime Minister Tony Blair’s “Third Way” policies, the coalition government of 2010-15, and the current minority government. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.
Credits
3
Attributes
Writing
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Recent Semesters
Fall 2019
Offered
TuTh
Avg. Class Size
30
Avg. Sections
1