Government & Politics

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

Government & Politics

The Political Philosophy of 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

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

Government & Politics

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

0:49:21

Dr Neil Cocks

Reading University

Government & Politics

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

1:00:15

Professor Jeffrey Collins

Queen's University, Canada

Government & Politics

Nationalism

In this course, Professor Eric Kaufmann (Birkbeck, University of London) provides an overview of Nationalism. In the first module, we define some of the key terms – ‘the state’, ‘ethnicity’, ‘the nation’ – as well as considering the question of...

6 lectures

0:54:33

Prof. Eric Kaufmann

Birkbeck College, London

Government & Politics

Feminism

In this module, Dr Shelley Budgeon (University of Birmingham) explores feminism and some of the core ideas that constitute feminist thought. In the first module, we introduce some of the key concepts that are important in contemporary feminist ...

6 lectures

1:08:09

Dr Shelley Budgeon

Birmingham University

Government & Politics

Anarchism

In this course, Professor Ruth Kinna (Loughborough University) explores the idea of anarchism. In the first five modules, we introduce five key figures in anarchist thinking: Max Stirner (1806-65), Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-65), Mikhail Bakunin...

17 lectures

0:52:45

Prof. Ruth Kinna

Loughborough University

Government & Politics

Multiculturalism

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

0:35:18

Prof. Tariq Modood

Bristol 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