HIST7401: History of Parliament
Dr Charles Littleton
Dr Robin Eagles
Students will acquire extensive knowledge of the history of parliament in Britain, mainly from the Tudor period to the present day. They will also gain understanding of the main processes and procedures of parliament, all of which will be explained in broad social context, including material on popular involvement in politics and the legal system. They will visit the Palace of Westminster, the Record Office and the Museum. By the end of the course, they will understand the main principles of historical method, particularly source interpretation and the presentation of an
informed argument, and will have been given opportunities to develop these skills themselves in the assessed work.
1. From the Origins of Parliament to the Tudors
2. The Stuart Parliaments, the Civil War and the Glorious Revolution
3. The 18th and 19th Centuries and 'Reform'
4. Visit to Palace of Westminster
5. The 20th Century and constitutional change
6. Procedure, Ritual and Ceremony
7. Functions of Parliament I: Legislative
8 Functions of Parliament II: Judicial
9. Visit to the Parliamentary Archives
10. Shifting Boundaries: Integration and Devolution
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