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UK Politics – House of Lords

In this course, Professor Pete Dorey (Cardiff) explores the UK House of Lords, orienting his discussion around the UK Politics section of the Government and Politics A-Level specifications. We begin in the first lecture by outlining the...

4 lectures

0:45:33

Prof. Peter Dorey

Cardiff University

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 – Prime Minister and Cabinet

This course explores the Prime Minister and cabinet, drawing examples from the tenures of Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May throughout. We begin with the history of the role of Prime Minister, before moving on in the second module to discuss the...

8 lectures

0:52:44

Dr Mitya Pearson

King's College London

Government & Politics

Comparative Politics – Federalism and Devolution

In this course, Dr Andrew Blick (King’s College London) explores the similarities and differences between federalism in the United States and devolution in the United Kingdom. In the first module, we summarise the key characteristics of US...

4 lectures

0:27:37

Professor Andrew Blick

King's College London

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

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

0:41:04

Dr Matt Beech

Hull 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

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

0:49:21

Dr Neil Cocks

Reading 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

UK 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

0:37:27

Mr Alan Johnson

UK Parliament

Government & Politics

UK Politics – Think Tanks

This course explores the role of think tanks in UK Politics and is oriented around the UK Politics section of the Government and Politics A-Level specifications. We begin in the first lecture with a brief overview of what think tanks are, noting...

6 lectures

0:23:26

Professor Norin Arshed

Dundee University

Government & Politics

Political Ideas – 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

UK Politics – The Voting Age Debate

In this course, Dr Andrew Mycock (University of Huddersfield) explores the debate around lowering the voting age to 16 in the UK. In the first module, we discuss the history of voting age reform in the UK, beginning with the 1832 Reform Act and...

5 lectures

0:53:29

Dr Andrew Mycock

Huddersfield University

Government & Politics

UK Politics – Rob Burley on Politics and the Media

This course takes the form of a series of questions put to Rob Burley, a political journalist and former Editor of the BBC’s live political programmes. In the first module we ask, “Do traditional media sources continue to play a role in shaping...

10 lectures

0:33:38

Mr Rob Burley

Political Media

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