Politics

Ideas of Progress and Decline in Modern British Politics

Module code: L2096
Level 6
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Dissertation

Ideas about progress and decline are central to political discourse. This module focuses on how they have been used in modern Britain. You will gain an overview of the main ideological theories about progress and decline and explore how they have informed political debates about Britain's economy, culture and society. You will also examine how concepts of absolute and relative progress and decline have shaped understandings of Britain's place in the world.

Module learning outcomes

  • Identify a topic suitable for research relating to progress and decline in modern British politics
  • Plan and carry out a research project relating to progress and decline in modern British politics which sustains a line of argument
  • Locate and evaluate a range of resources appropriate to a topic on progress and decline in modern British politics
  • Make use of constructive feedback on the development of their ideas in the implementation of a research topic related to progress and decline in modern British politics