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The Blair Years (Module)

Module description

This module examines how Tony Blair’s New Labour Governments from 1997-2007 governed at the highest level. It will look at Blair himself, his rival Gordon Brown, the concepts of ’sofa government’ and ‘spin’, the reform of public services and, of course, Iraq. It considers these issues from an historical perspective, tracing changes over the ten years across the biggest issues of government, using the rigour of the historical method. Special attention is given to the memoirs and diaries of the central protagonists. The course will be co-taught by Dr Jon Davis and John Rentoul, Chief Political Commentator for The Independent and biographer of Blair. The seminars will see other senior figures invited as guest speakers. In the past these have included Lord Mandelson, Alastair Campbell, Baroness Jay, Anji Hunter, Ed Balls, Lord O’Donnell, Lord Adonis, Sir Kevin Tebbit, former Permanent Under Secretary at the Ministry of Defence.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Staff information

Not applicable

Teaching pattern

Weekly 2-hour seminar

Module assessment - more information

1x5000-word essay

Key information

Module code 7SSPP205

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 20

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No