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You will be encouraged to share ideas in our discussion based politics courses on current affairs, democracy and citizenship and internal relations.

An Introduction to UK Government & Politics View details

This course introduces UK Government and Politics by looking at the ideas of democracy and participation by examining the representative processes in the UK. By examining the relationships between the ideological beliefs and party politics in the UK and the ideological traditions that have developed out of: Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialisms. allowing for the acquisition of knowledge and an understanding of the major institutions, key issues that affect the development of UK systems as well as impact and desirability of pollical and constitutional change.

International Relations and Current Affairs View details

A continuation of the well-established course that analyses current major domestic and foreign issues against their historical background. Examples: Brexit, Xi Jinping’s China, impact of Covid 19, the Hong Kong protests, Kim's North Korea, UK voting patterns , Woke Britain…

Cuba: Politics and Culture View details

This course aims to give students an understanding of the historical, contemporary, internal and external forces that have shaped modern Cuba, including aspects of cultural continuity and discontinuity, slavery and migration, the political challenge to notions of the nation-state; and the complexities and polarization of approaches to understanding Cuban history and political events. It concludes with a discussion of art and culture that draws together the themes studied in the first three weeks. This course is ideal for anyone who is thinking of visiting Cuba or has visited and returned with more questions than answers to the question: What is Cuba all about?

Plants, Politics and Economics View details

Plants have, over history, had a significant cultural, economic and political impact. In this course we will look at ten different plants and see how the development and use of them has influenced economic and political development. We depend on plants to provide basic human needs such as food, clothing, shelter and even health care, but they are also important raw materials for a broad range of industrial processes. Historically it could be argued that the development of plants has had a more significant impact on society and economic development than most wars and revolutions. The use, and some would say, exploitation of plants provides us with a window on the economic development of society over time.

Fake News and Political Reality:Media Communications and the Future of Democracy View details

This course examines the role of communication in politics and the changes that have recently brought a sense of crisis to our democracies. It asks why established parties are changing or losing favour with electorates? Why are large parts of the established media either dying or being dismissed as 'fake news'? How is social media rapidly changing all the rules? What drove the votes for Brexit and Trump? This course introduces the basic concepts of the academic discipline known as 'Political Communication', explores the relationship between the media and democracy and analyses the precarious state of the media and political landscape today.

Contemporary Feminism with Dr Claire Sedgwick View details

In this course, we will look at feminism today. Whether it's Beyoncé declaring her feminism in lights at the VMA awards in 2014, or the work of Sister Uncut in protesting against violence against women, feminism is as important today as it has ever been. However, whilst we might talk about 'feminism', it is important to understand feminism as a pluralistic movement. In this course, we will explore feminism today, looking at whom feminism is for, what feminists do and what feminists fight for. The course will focus on intersectional feminism and the way that feminism interacts with other liberation movements. We will contextualise feminism historically, and look at what the future of feminism will look like. Focusing on media representations, and feminist media, the course will apply the theoretical concepts we explore to our own lived experience.

5 Political Classics that changed the World View details

This history course will look at 5 political works from Plato’s Republic to the Treaty of Rome, and examine their significance at the time and their continued impact today. Using the original works, other primary sources and current interpretations, together with film and audio clips, we will seek to answer questions like, ‘What is the proper role of Government’ and ,’Is Democracy necessarily the best form of Government’.

Branch Event: Britain and Europe - Post Brexit View details

In many ways, leaving the EU was the easy part of Brexit: now the search is on for a new, stable UK-EU relationship. In this talk we will consider why the British seem to struggle with finding any kind of equilibrium in dealing with their European neighbours, what were the key outcomes of the Trade & Cooperation Agreement and the obstacles implementing this. Drawing on both contemporary and historical perspectives, there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate around an issue that will continue to be of central importance to British politics, economics and society for years to come.

Beyond Ideologies - Part 2 with Kevin Walker View details

There is a wide consensus in the UK that our politics is broken, what we cannot seem to agree on is how to fix it. Building upon an understanding of different political ideas and perspectives developed in part 1 we will now apply these to help understand why agreement and consensus is so difficult (some would say impossible). This course involves 6 live online zoom sessions focusing on key political issues in which strong views are held and agreement is difficult to find. We will ask questions regarding the value and future of democracy; what it means to be a citizen; the compatibility of freedom and equality; and the extent to which social justice and the survival of the planet can be reconciled. We will explore how politics could be different and attempt to put that into practice. All views are welcome and no simple solutions are offered. Opportunities will be provided to continue the discussion online between sessions using Canvas.