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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This course is part of the Summer Programme 2022.

To apply for this course, please enrol on the programme above, and then select the courses you wish to study. For more information about Summer Programmes please visit our Summer Programmes Page.

This course will open the ‘black box’ of British politics, giving students an insider’s grasp of its mechanisms. The course begins with why the parties look - and behave - the way they do. It explores First Past the Post voting systems and how voting patterns are changing. It shows students how Westminster really works; the processes behind the arcane rituals of Parliament; and what governments do (and how), once they have been elected. Finally, we explore the new and growing powers of the British regions. This course gives students a glimpse behind the curtain to understand how politics in the UK really works.



Course dates

10 Jul 2022 to 16 Jul 2022

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

26 Jun 2022

Course director


Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Credits dependent on home institution

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code