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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5384M The Politics of Brexit

30 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Richard Hayton

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union is one of the most important and striking political events of the post-war period. On this module students will analyse the causes and consequences of Brexit, developing a critical understanding of events leading up to the decision in the 2016 referendum, and also of the implications of the vote for the politics of the UK and beyond.The seminars will focus on the rise of right-wing parties, the tensions between the UK and the EU and the effects of the 2016 referendum.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate familiarity with the key issues associated with Brexit
2. Be able to identify and critically analyse political and ideological perspectives on Brexit
3. Demonstrate an in depth understanding of the causes of Brexit, and of its possible implications.

Learning outcomes
1. Advanced awareness and in depth understanding of the dynamics of the Brexit process and its implications
2. Detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the various ideological and political perspectives on Brexit
3. Detailed knowledge and critical understanding of key academic interpretations of the causes and consequences of Brexit.


The structure of the module and specificities content will vary from year to year and evolve as the Brexit process unfolds. However, the module will include analysis of both the domestic political scene in Britain (for example in relation to party politics, ideologies, leadership, institutions and identity politics); and more internationally-focussed topics, for example in relation to British foreign policy, aspects of political economy, and the role of international actors and institutions.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students are expected to be prepared for seminars, having read around the subject and contribute to group discussion using their knowledge. Additionally students are expected to work independently on their essays, both formative and summative.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

This module uses both formative and summative assessment.

1 x 1500 word formative essay due week 5 - Non assessed

Formative assessment (which is voluntary and does not count towards the final grade):
Student contributions to class discussion.
Tutor-led peer discussion in seminars.
Opportunities for individual discussions outside seminar times.
Opportunity to submit 1500 word mid-term formative essay

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4000 End of Term Essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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