Government & Politics


Government & Politics

US Politics – The US Party System

This course explores the US Party System, oriented around the US Politics section of the Government and Politics A-Level specifications. Throughout, we analyse voter statistics from the 2020 election, and refer to several useful examples from the...

6 lectures

0:53:17

Dr Mark McLay

Glasgow 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

Political Philosophy – John Locke

This course explores the political philosophy of John Locke (1632-1704), oriented around the Liberalism section of the Government and Politics A-Level specification. We begin in the first module by outlining his life and works, before moving on to...

5 lectures

1:03:16

Dr Jennifer Marušić

Edinburgh University

Government & Politics

Political Philosophy – Simone de Beauvoir

This course explores the political philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir (1921-2002), oriented around the Feminism section of the Government and Politics A-Level specification. We begin with some biographical information on de Beauvoir, highlighting...

6 lectures

0:42:48

Professor Margaret Atack

Leeds University

Government & Politics

UK 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

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

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

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 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

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

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