Government & Politics

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

Government & Politics

Conservatism

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 second ...

Dr Mark Garnett

Lancaster University

Government & Politics

Electoral Systems

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 ...

Prof. David Denver

Lancaster University

Government & Politics

The Labour Party, 1900-Present

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 about the ...

Dr Kevin Hickson

Liverpool University

Government & Politics

The Labour Party, 1890-1951

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 Labour ...

Prof. Keith Laybourn

Huddersfield University

Government & Politics

The Presidency of the United States

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 ...

Dr Jon Herbert

Keele University

Government & Politics

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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 the second ...

Dr Richard Heffernan

Open University

Government & Politics

The Liberal Party and the Liberal Democrats, 1859-Present

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 concepts ...

Dr Matthew Cole

Birmingham University

Government & Politics

The Constitution of the United Kingdom

The Constitution of the United Kingdom

In this course, Dr Matthew Cole (University of Birmingham) explores the British constitution. In the first module, we think about the four sources of the British constitution – legislation, conventions, treaties and authoritative works – as well as ...

Dr Matthew Cole

Birmingham University

History

Government & Politics

British History: Six Key Elections, 1906-51

British History: Six Key Elections, 1906-51

In this course, Professor Adrian Smith (University of Southampton) thinks about British history in the first half of the twentieth century through six key elections—1906, 1923, 1931, 1945, 1950 and 1951. As we look at each election, we explore the...

Prof. Adrian Smith

Southampton University