GV312     
Advanced Topics in Government: Executive Politics

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Martin Lodge

Availability

This course is available on the BSc in Government, BSc in Government and Economics, BSc in Government and History, BSc in International Social and Public Policy with Politics, BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, BSc in Politics, BSc in Politics and Economics, BSc in Politics and History, BSc in Politics and International Relations, BSc in Politics and Philosophy and BSc in Social Policy with Government. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is not available to General Course students.

This course is capped at one group. 

Pre-requisites

GV101 or GV100 or equivalent

Course content

This course offers an advanced consideration of select key themes in the study of executive politics. It focuses on the changing conditions in which politics takes place (demographic change, sovereign debt crisis, environmental change and societal values) and considers how these changes impact on national executives.

Teaching

This course will be delivered through a combination of seminar-style sessions, amounting to a minimum of 30 hours across the Michaelmas and Lent terms. This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of on-campus and online seminars. This course includes a reading week in week 6 of both terms.

Formative coursework

Two formative essays (2500 words) and project proposal for assessed essay component.

Indicative reading

Hood, C (2011) The Blame Game, Carpenter, D (2010) Reputation and Power, Lewis, DE (2009) The Politics of Presidential Appointments, Lodge, M and Wegrich, K (2012/eds) Executive Politics in Times of Crisis.

Assessment

Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Essay (50%, 2500 words).

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2020/21: Unavailable

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Capped 2020/21: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving