Government & Politics


Government & Politics

UK Politics – Prime Minister and Cabinet

This course explores the Prime Minister and cabinet, drawing examples from the tenures of Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May throughout. We begin with the history of the role of Prime Minister, before moving on in the second module to discuss the...

8 lectures

0:52:44

Dr Mitya Pearson

King's College London

Government & Politics

Political Philosophy – Giddens and the Third Way

This course explores the political ideas of Anthony Giddens and may be particularly useful for those studying the Core Political Ideas: Socialism or UK Politics components of the AQA and Edexcel Government and Politics A Level specifications. We...

6 lectures

0:47:33

Dr Matt Dawson

Glasgow University

Government & Politics

UK Politics – Think Tanks

This course explores the role of think tanks in UK Politics and is oriented around the UK Politics section of the Government and Politics A-Level specifications. We begin in the first lecture with a brief overview of what think tanks are, noting...

6 lectures

0:23:26

Professor Norin Arshed

Dundee University

Government & Politics

UK Politics – House of Lords

In this course, Professor Pete Dorey (Cardiff) explores the UK House of Lords, orienting his discussion around the UK Politics section of the Government and Politics A-Level specifications. We begin in the first lecture by outlining the...

4 lectures

0:45:33

Prof. Peter Dorey

Cardiff University

Government & Politics

UK Politics – Minor Parties

This course explores the role of minor parties in the UK’s democracy, oriented around the UK Politics section of the Government and Politics A-Level specification. We begin our discussion of the role of minor parties in UK democracy by focusing on...

6 lectures

0:50:33

Dr Louise Thompson

Manchester University

Government & Politics

UK Politics – Progressive Conservatism

In this course we 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 in the second lecture putting contemporary...

5 lectures

0:45:43

Dr Simon Griffiths

Goldsmiths, University of London

Government & Politics

UK Politics – Theories of Representation

In this course, Professor Andrew Blick (KCL) explores the theory and practice of representation in modern democracies. We begin by exploring the origins of representation in politics. Then, in the second lecture, we contrast representative...

6 lectures

0:26:09

Professor Andrew Blick

King's College London

Government & Politics

UK Politics – How Democratic is the UK?

In this course, Professor Andrew Blick (KCL) asks how truly democratic the UK is in practice. In the first lecture, we explore the origins of democracy and its importance to the modern UK, orienting our discussion around two aspects of democracy:...

6 lectures

0:46:52

Professor Andrew Blick

King's College London

Government & Politics

Political Philosophy – 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

UK Politics – Devolution

In this course, Professor Nicola McEwen examines devolution in the United Kingdom. In the first lecture, we outline what devolution is, how it differs from federalism, and the key terminology involved in understanding devolution. In the second...

6 lectures

0:54:21

Professor Nicola McEwen

Edinburgh University

Government & Politics

US 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

Political Philosophy – 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

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