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The Conservative Coalition, 2010-15

In this course, Dr Matt Beech (University of Hull) explores the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government of 2010-15. The first module, we think about the key background to the formation of the coalition in 2010 – how and why did the...

5 lectures


Dr Matt Beech

Hull University

Government & Politics


In this course, Professor Tariq Modood (University of Bristol) explores the idea of multiculturalism. In the first module, we think about what constitutes ‘difference’ between distinct groups in a multicultural society. In the second module, we...

3 lectures


Prof. Tariq Modood

Bristol University

Government & Politics

Global Governance

In this course, Professor Natasha Lindstaedt (University of Essex) explores some key areas of global governance. In the first module, we are introduced to the key concepts of Realism and Liberalism, detailing their different attitudes towards...

5 lectures


Professor Natasha Lindstaedt

Essex 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


Dr Matthew Cole

Birmingham University

Government & Politics

Political Ideas – 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


Dr Neil Cocks

Reading 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


Dr David Andersen

Durham University

Government & Politics

Affirmative Action

In this course, Dr Matthew Williams (University of Oxford) explores the concept of ‘affirmative action’ in the United States through the question ‘Why have critics asserted that affirmative action should be declared unconstitutional?’ In the...

7 lectures


Dr Matthew Williams

University of Oxford

Government & Politics

Political Ideas – Mary Wollstonecraft

This course explores the political ideas of Mary Wollstonecraft and may be particularly useful for those studying the Core Political Ideas component of the AQA and Edexcel Government and Politics A Level specifications. While she is best known as...

5 lectures


Dr Sylvana Tomaselli

University of Cambridge

Government & Politics

Political Ideas – 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


Professor Jeffrey Collins

Queen's University, Canada

Government & Politics


In this course, Professor John Kincaid (Lafayette College) explores the theory and practice of federalism in the United States. In the first module, we lay the groundwork for later modules by establishing just what we mean when we refer to...

6 lectures


Professor John Kincaid

Lafayette College

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


Professor Frank Cogliano

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


Professor Margaret Atack

Leeds University

Government & 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


Dr Louise Thompson

Manchester University

Government & Politics

Alan Johnson on Parliament

This course takes the form of a series of questions put to former Labour MP and Cabinet member, Alan Johnson. In the first module we ask, “What is the relationship between the Prime Minister and Cabinet?”. We follow this in the second module with...

9 lectures


Mr Alan Johnson

UK Parliament

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