Political Science | British Politics
Y331 | 0507 | Summers


	This course will survey the politics and government of the United
Kingdom.  In addition to acquainting ourselves with the British political
system itself, the course will give us the opportunity to examine Britain
from the perspectives of various theories of politics.  We will consider
issues such as Britain's changing structures of government; Conservatives,
Social Democrats, and the "Third Way"; Britain in (and out of) Europe;
policy issues from welfare to warfare; Northern Ireland; individual and
human rights; and other perennial and timely topics.  Much of our focus will
be upon situating Britain within comparative and theoretical contexts, to
reveal how understanding politics in Britain can help us to understand
politics more generally.  And finally, if current predictions hold, we
should also get the opportunity this summer to follow the run-up to, or the
immediate aftermath of, a British general election.
The primary text will be Budge, et al., "The New British Politics" (2nd
Ed.), as well as selected outside readings.  Course requirements include
exams, a short (5-7 pg.) paper, and in-class exercises.