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British Politics - JTM284
Title: British Politics
Guaranteed by: Department of European Studies (23-KZS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2021
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (32)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: not taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: prof. PhDr. Lenka Rovná, CSc.
Class: Courses for incoming students
Examination dates   Schedule   Noticeboard   
Annotation -
Last update: Mgr. Jan Váška, Ph.D. (28.01.2020)
The course is devoted to the specifics and post WWII development of individual parts of the British Political system from comparative perspective. The course covers the topics such as British Constitution, Monarchy, Devolution and the threat for unity of the United Kingdom, political parties, pressure groups, election, executive and legislative power as well as judicial power. Special attention will be paid to several aspects of BREXIT.
Aim of the course -
Last update: Mgr. Jan Váška, Ph.D. (28.01.2020)

The course has to show British political system in comparative perspective as a special case of multi-party liberal democracy.

Literature -
Last update: Mgr. Jan Váška, Ph.D. (28.01.2020)

Ian Budge, David McKay, John Bartle, Ken Newton, The New British Politics, Routledge, Milton Park, 2013

Peter Kerr, Postwar British Politics: From Conflict to Consensus, Routledge, Milton Park, 2013

Dennis Kavanagh, British Politics, Continuities and Change, Oxford, 2000

Bill Jones, Dennis Kavanagh, British Politics Today, Manchester University Press, 2003

Hilaire Barnett, Britain Unwrapped, Government and Constitution Explained, Penguin Books, London, 2002

Lenka Rovná, Kdo vládne Británii, SLON, Praha 2004


And other books regarding British Politics in the library in Jinonice


The Economist

Teaching methods -
Last update: Mgr. Jan Váška, Ph.D. (28.01.2020)

Lecture and seminar, students will be working individually or in the groups, simulation of Oxford Debate Club

Requirements to the exam -
Last update: Mgr. Jan Váška, Ph.D. (28.01.2020)

60%     active participation in the class, oral presentation + hand out according to the instructions


40%     Essay (10 - 12 pages, footnoted, bibliography!)

            Deadline: June 1 !


Topics:            1. Britain’s role in international politics after BREXIT


                        2.  British political parties vis-à-vis BREXIT

Syllabus -
Last update: Mgr. Jan Váška, Ph.D. (28.01.2020)

Syllabus – Summer Term 2020



February 18

Introduction, specifics of political culture in Great Britain


February 25

Is there a British Constitution?, Returning the Constitution back?

Monarchy and its role in contemporary Britain


March 3

Devolution. The (dis) United Kingdom? Is unity of the United Kingdom at stake?


March 10

Political Parties, Conservatives and Labour


March 17

Political Parties, continuation


March 24

Pressure Groups, Lobbying, The nature and impact of the mass media

Preparation of legislature


March 31

Elections and voting, Last Elections


April 7 – no classes, preparation of an essay


April 14

The Legislature, The House of Lords, The House of Commons


April 21

The Executive power, Prime Minister, Cabinet


April 28

Britain without Europe, Policy: Foreign and Defense Policy


May 5

Oxford Debate Club: BREXIT and after…..

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