Overview of course
'WHY BREXIT?', 'WHY TRUMP?', 'WHY DON'T WE GET TO ELECT OUR OWN PRIME MINISTER?'. In the world of Brexit and the rise of political polarity, these are just some of the questions that this course will encourage students to consider. Through a study of how politics 'works' - from the local to national levels - students will be encouraged to think critically about their place in global political systems. The course will grapple with some of the key political ideas of our time - on the economy, on popular participation, and on welfare, to meaningfully engage and participate in some of the debates that shape our world today.
Whatever your knowledge, whatever your perspective, join this course to understand that little bit more about UK and global political systems so that you can make a difference to the world in which we live today.
What will I learn?
Week 1: Introduction to course, political ideas and my place in politics today
Week 2: Ideology and politics: from Churchill to Thatcher to the days of May. An overview of British politics from 1945-2019
Week 3: The broken UK constitution: how it works, limitations and how to improve it
Week 4: The UK political system: MPs, Parliament and the Prime Minister
Week 5: Understanding Brexit: changes, ways forward and no going back
Week 6: UK vs. US: the US constitution and how it works
Week 7: Why Trump? The US President in context
Week 8: UK vs. global political systems: the EU, China and Africa
Week 9: Politics in a digital age: Twitter, Trump and a getting involved
Week 10: Pressure groups and social causes: the future of politics and how you can change the world
Who is the course for?
Students of all abilities (16+) either with a personal interest in the subject or a more general desire to improve their political literacy and become more critically engaged in contemporary political debate.
Will I have to provide anything?
Just a notepad, learning journal and pen or colouring pencils.
I'm interested. What should I do now?
Days & times
Tuesday 17:00 - 19:30