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In this course, Dr Mark Garnett (University of Lancaster) introduces the core political idea of conservatism. We begin in the first module by thinking about the origins of conservatism in Edmund Burke’s reaction to the French Revolution. In the...

4 lectures


Dr Mark Garnett

Lancaster University

Government & Politics


In this course, Professor Jeremy Jennings (King’s College, London) explores the history of conservatism as a political philosophy, from its beginnings in the 18th century to election of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister in December 2019. In the two...

6 lectures


Prof. Jeremy Jennings

King's College London

Government & Politics

Progressive Conservatism

In this course, Dr Simon Griffiths (Goldsmiths, University of London) discuss the ideolog(ies) of the contemporary Conservative party in the UK. We begin in the first lecture by exploring the complex relationship between party and ideology, before...

5 lectures


Dr Simon Griffiths

Goldsmiths, University of London

Government & Politics

Political Ideas – Ayn Rand

In this course, Dr Neil Cocks (University of Reading) explores the life, works, and core ideas of Ayn Rand. In the first module, we are introduced to the controversial figure of Ayn Rand and consider her influence on contemporary political life....

6 lectures


Dr Neil Cocks

Reading University

Government & Politics

Political Ideas – Thomas Hobbes

In this course, Professor Jeffrey Collins (Queen’s University) explores the political theory of Thomas Hobbes, primarily through his best-known work Leviathan. In the first module, we are introduced to Hobbes’s life and times, and briefly place...

6 lectures


Professor Jeffrey Collins

Queen's University, Canada

Government & Politics

Political Ideas – John Rawls

This course explores the political philosophy of John Rawls (1921-2002). We begin with some biographical information on Rawls, highlighting his importance and influence. This is encapsulated by Rawls’s conservative contemporary Robert Nozick’s...

5 lectures


Professor Thom Brooks

Durham University

Government & Politics

Political Ideas – Edmund Burke

In this course, Dr Emily Jones (University of Manchester) explores the political ideas of Edmund Burke. In the first module, we offer some introductory context for the life and works of Edmund Burke, before in the second module digging deeper into...

6 lectures


Dr Emily Jones

Manchester University

Government & Politics

Political Ideas – Equality

In this course, Professor Tom Parr (University of Warwick) explores the concept of equality in political philosophy. In the first module, we begin with an introduction to the concept of political equality, focusing in particular on the two key...

6 lectures


Professor Tom Parr

Warwick University

Government & Politics

Political Philosophy – Neoliberalism

In this course, Dr Matt Dawson (University of Glasgow) explores the concept of neoliberalism in political philosophy and government policy up to the present day. In the first module, we put neoliberalism in context by first discussing its...

7 lectures


Dr Matt Dawson

Glasgow University

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