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

Government & Politics

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...

4 lectures

0:34:35

Dr Matthew Cole

Birmingham University

English Literature

Blake: Songs of Innocence and of Experience

In this course, Dr Ross Wilson (University of Cambridge) explores William Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and of Experience’. We begin in the first module by thinking about the historical, political and cultural context in which Blake was writing....

6 lectures

0:49:16

Dr Ross Wilson

Cambridge University

English Literature

The Poetry of Christina Rossetti

In this course, Professor Tom Mole (University of Edinburgh) explores the poetry of Christina Rossetti, focusing in particular on the fourteen poems listed for study for OCR English Literature A Level (excluding ‘Goblin Market’). A detailed...

14 lectures

2:17:53

Dr Tom Mole

Edinburgh University

History

Russia: The Ukrainian Famine, 1932-33

In this course, Dr Mark Levene (Univerity of Southampton) explores the events surrounding the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 – an event also known as Holodomor. We begin in the first module by providing a broad introduction to the events ...

6 lectures

1:23:03

Dr Mark Levene

Southampton University

Classics & Ancient History

Herodotus: Histories: Book 7

In this course, Dr Emma Aston (University of Reading) explores Book 7 of Herodotus’ Histories. We begin by thinking about Herodotus as a historian, the aims in his ‘Histories’, and the extent to which the ‘Histories’ represents both a ...

5 lectures

0:44:48

Dr Emma Aston

Reading University