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- Weekly study6 hours
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How Politics Works: From the Individual to an International Scale
Understand politics on an individual and global scale
This introductory course is designed to help you prepare for a degree in politics at degree level, or to introduce you to the basics of politics.
You’ll learn the basics of democracy, the machinery of government, and the political economy and globalisation. Then we’ll move on to identity politics, looking at class and economic individualism. You’ll be introduced to some key texts, and given further reading to boost your learning.
Discover the meaning and function of democracy
In the first week of this course, you’ll explore the meaning and function of democracy, and learn how to identify and assess different models of democracy. You’ll then apply your new knowledge in a debate on which model of democracy is the best, drawing on key texts and examples.
Explore the machinery of government
In the second week, you’ll learn about key parts of government, including constitutions, the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. You’ll be recommended further reading, to bolster your learning and to prepare you for future study.
Learn more about the political economy, globalisation, and identity politics
In the latter stages of the course, you’ll zoom out to look at how politics affects the economy, enterprise, social capitalism, and globalisation. Debates here include whether students should pay for their own tuition.
The last week of the course focuses on the individual role in politics. You’ll look at class analysis, economic individualism and neoliberalism, and the impacts of economic individualism. The course will be rounded off with some more recommended further reading.
- Models of democracy
- Types of electoral system
- Models of political economy
- Identity and class politics
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Identify and assess different models of democracy
- Compare the relative merits of Parliamentary and presidential electoral systems
- Identify and assess different models of political economy
- Investigate and compare the merits of identity and class politics
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for students who have excellent high school grades or partial A-level equivalent qualifications. It gives undergraduates a flavour of studying politics at degree level, and helps mature students return to study.
Prepare for further study of politics at degree level, with an introduction to political philosophy, democracy and ideology.