Government & Politics

The politics of the UK, USA and the rest of the world.

Government & Politics

The Presidency of Barack Obama, 2009-2017

In this course, Dr Clodagh Harrington (De Montfort University) examines the presidency of Barack Obama. We begin in the first module with Obama’s strategy and performance in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries and then the ...

5 lectures

0:47:14

Dr Clodagh Harrington

De Montfort University

Government & Politics

Ecologism

In this course, Professor Matthew Humphrey (University of Nottingham) thinks about ecologism as a political ideology by surveying five key thinkers to illustrate both the diversity of ecological thought, and its core unifying themes. We begin in...

6 lectures

0:41:52

Prof. Matthew Humphrey

Nottingham University

Government & Politics

Politics and the Media

In this course, Dr Richard Heffernan (Open University) thinks about the relationship of the modern media to British politics. We begin in the first module by thinking about the indispensability of the media in all its forms to the enactment of...

5 lectures

0:32:35

Dr Richard Heffernan

Open University

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

The UK and the European Union

In this lecture, Dr Simon Usherwood (University of Surrey) thinks about the European Union and its relationship with the United Kingdom, focusing in particular on Brexit. We begin in the first module by thinking about how the EU came into ...

4 lectures

0:34:30

Dr Simon Usherwood

Surrey University

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

Government & Politics

Electoral Systems

In this course, Professor David Denver (University of Lancaster) examines the electoral systems in operation across the United Kingdom. We begin by thinking about the basic functions that an electoral system performs before briefly introducing ...

4 lectures

0:35:53

Prof. David Denver

Lancaster University

Government & Politics

The Labour Party, 1900-Present

In this course, Dr Kevin Hickson (University of Liverpool) examines the history of the Labour Party from its founding as the Labour Representation Committee in 1900 to the present-day leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. In the first module, we think...

5 lectures

0:57:29

Dr Kevin Hickson

Liverpool University

Government & Politics

The Labour Party, 1890-1951

In this course, Professor Keith Laybourn (University of Huddersfield) considers the early history of the Labour Party from its foundations in the trade union movement of the late nineteenth century to the achievements of Clement Attlee’s post-war...

4 lectures

1:08:19

Prof. Keith Laybourn

Huddersfield University

Government & Politics

The Presidency of the United States

In this course, Dr Jon Herbert (University of Keele) thinks about the office of the Presidency of the United States, focusing in particular on the extent of the president’s powers. We begin in the first module by thinking about how the Founding ...

4 lectures

0:58:53

Dr Jon Herbert

Keele University

Government & Politics

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

In this course, Dr Richard Heffernan (Open University) thinks about the office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. We begin in the first module by thinking about the three essential qualifications that the UK Prime Minister must hold. In...

6 lectures

0:31:36

Dr Richard Heffernan

Open University

Government & Politics

The Liberal Party and the Liberal Democrats, 1859-Present

In this course, Dr Matthew Cole (University of Birmingham) explores the history of the Liberal Party – and the later Liberal Democrat Party – from its foundation in 1859 until 2017. We begin by thinking liberalism as a political ideology, from the...

4 lectures

0:43:22

Dr Matthew Cole

Birmingham University