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

US Constitution – Background and Constitutional Convention, 1783-87

This course offers an in-depth exploration of the historical background to the US Constitution, up to and including the Constitutional Convention of 1787. In the first lecture, we consider the US in 1783, at the end of the War of Independence,...

5 lectures

0:56:51

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

US Politics - The Separation of Powers

In this course, Andrew Wroe (University of Kent) explores the theory and practice of the separation of powers in the United States. In the first module, we are introduced to our key concepts and begin to complicate the notion of separated powers...

5 lectures

0:43:51

Dr Andrew Wroe

Kent University

Government & Politics

US Politics – The Second Amendment and Gun Control

In this course, Dr Kevin Yuill (University of Sunderland) explores the history of gun control in the United States from the colonial period to the present day. In the first module, we think about the history of the right to bear arms in English...

5 lectures

0:44:13

Dr Kevin Yuill

Sunderland University

Government & Politics

US 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

0:58:44

Dr Matthew Williams

University of Oxford

Government & Politics

The Presidency of Barack Obama, 2009-2017

In this course, Dr Clodagh Harrington (De Montfort University) examines the presidency of Barack Obama. We begin in the first module with Obama’s strategy and performance in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries and then the ...

5 lectures

0:47:14

Dr Clodagh Harrington

De Montfort 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