Government & Politics

The Supreme Court of the United States

In this course, Dr Emma Long (University of East Anglia) provides an introduction to the Supreme Court of the United States. In the first module, we think about what the Supreme Court is, when it was set up, and how it works. After that, in the...

5 lectures


Dr Emma Long

University of East Anglia

Government & Politics

The Westminster Model and the Civil Service

In this course, Dr Patrick Diamond (Queen Mary, University of London) explores the parliamentary system of government known as the Westminster Model, with a focus in the second half of the course on one of its central pillars: a permanent ...

5 lectures


Dr Patrick Diamond

Queen Mary, University of London

Government & Politics

Parliament in the United Kingdom

In this course, Dr Louise Thompson (University of Manchester) explores the role of parliament in the United Kingdom, focusing in particular on the relationship the executive and the legislative branches of government. In the first module, we think...

5 lectures


Dr Louise Thompson

Manchester University



In this course, Professor Peter Mitchell (University of Nottingham), discusses the condition of autism. We begin, in module one, by asking what autism is before moving on, in module two, to examine the causes of this condition. Module three ...

6 lectures


Prof. Peter Mitchell

Nottingham University

Government & Politics

The Party System in the United Kingdom

In this course, Professor Paul Webb (University of Sussex) explores the operation and dynamics of the party system – or should that be party systems? – in British politics. In the first module, we introduce the idea of a party system, exploring...

6 lectures


Prof. Paul Webb

Sussex University

Government & Politics


In this module, Dr Shelley Budgeon (University of Birmingham) explores feminism and some of the core ideas that constitute feminist thought. In the first module, we introduce some of the key concepts that are important in contemporary feminist ...

6 lectures


Dr Shelley Budgeon

Birmingham University

Government & Politics


In this course, Professor Ruth Kinna (Loughborough University) explores the idea of anarchism. In the first five modules, we introduce five key figures in anarchist thinking: Max Stirner (1806-65), Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-65), Mikhail Bakunin...

17 lectures


Prof. Ruth Kinna

Loughborough University


The Social Cure

In this course, Dr Mhairi Bowe (Nottingham Trent University), discusses the social identity approach to health, also known as the ‘social cure’. In module one, we think about the social identity approach in psychology more generally and how it...

6 lectures


Dr Mhairi Bowe

Nottingham Trent University

Government & Politics


In this course, Professor Tariq Modood (University of Bristol) explores the idea of multiculturalism. In the first module, we think about what constitutes ‘difference’ between distinct groups in a multicultural society. In the second module, we...

3 lectures


Prof. Tariq Modood

Bristol University

Government & Politics


In this course, Professor Jeremy Jennings (King’s College, London) provides an overview of Liberalism from its origins to the present day. In the first module, we provide a broad introduction to liberalism as a political philosophy, focusing in ...

7 lectures


Prof. Jeremy Jennings

King's College, London

Classics & Ancient History

The Persian Empire, c.550-330 BC

In this course, Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (University of Cardiff) presents the Persian Empire through non-Greek sources including Persian art and architecture, sculpture and epigraphy, and parts of the Hebrew Bible. In the first module, we...

6 lectures


Prof. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Cardiff University


The Cold War, 1945-1991

In this course, Dr Thomas Tunstall Allcock (University of Manchester) provides an introduction to the Cold War, 1947-91, the period of geopolitical tension between the Soviet Union and its satellite states (the Eastern Bloc) and the United States...

11 lectures


Dr Thomas Tunstall Allcock

Manchester University