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Government & Politics

The Political Philosophy of 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

1:01:13

Professor Thom Brooks

Durham University

Government & Politics

US Constitution – Ratification and the Bill of Rights, 1787-91

This course picks up just after the proposal of a new US Constitution by the Constitutional Convention held in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787. We begin in the first lecture by exploring the process of state ratification and its...

5 lectures

0:36:03

Professor Frank Cogliano

Edinburgh University

Government & Politics

US Constitution – Background and Constitutional Convention, 1783-87

This course offers an in-depth exploration of the historical background to the US Constitution, up to and including the Constitutional Convention of 1787. In the first lecture, we consider the US in 1783, at the end of the War of Independence,...

5 lectures

0:56:51

Professor Frank Cogliano

Edinburgh University

Government & Politics

Primaries and Caucuses

In this course, Dr David Andersen (Durham University) explores the system of primaries and caucuses – also known as the presidential nomination process – in the United States. In the first module, we are introduced to the system of presidential...

5 lectures

0:42:05

Dr David Andersen

Durham University

Government & Politics

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

0:49:21

Dr Neil Cocks

Reading University

Government & Politics

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

1:00:15

Professor Jeffrey Collins

Queen's University, Canada

Government & Politics

Conservatism

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

0:47:22

Prof. Jeremy Jennings

King's College London

Government & Politics

Liberalism

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

1:15:24

Prof. Jeremy Jennings

King's College London

Government & Politics

Socialism

In this course, Professor Jeremy Jennings (King’s College London) thinks about the history of socialism from its origins to the present day. We begin in the first module with the French Revolution which set the European precedent for political...

5 lectures

0:29:17

Prof. Jeremy Jennings

King's College London

Government & Politics

Conservatism

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

0:37:05

Dr Mark Garnett

Lancaster University

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