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Introduction to Political Systems and Power in the UK and USA
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Explore the political power structures of the United Kingdom and United States
One of the most interesting political debates of recent years is who is more powerful – the UK Prime Minister or the US President.
On this four-week course, you’ll answer this question by examining the political structures of each country and their impact on POTUS and the PM’s agendas.
Examine the role of parliament and congress in relation to both world leaders
The power that the President and Prime Minister wield is built on a complex foundation of political structures.
On this course, you’ll explore the differences between the UK and US systems and how the constitutions of each country impact the passing of laws and policies.
With this knowledge, you’ll learn the limitations of each leader’s role and how leaders have used or abused these systems to try and further their own agendas.
Compare the role of the judicial system in each country and see which is more powerful
Both the US and UK supreme courts have been accused of acting increasingly politically in recent years.
On this course, you’ll explore the powers of each court and how this affects the power of both leaders.
You’ll be able to explain connections between the supreme courts and the governance of each country and how this affects political strategies in each government.
Develop your debating skills by investigating current political issues
Using recent political events as case studies, you’ll form opinions on each leader’s level of power and learn the skills to argue in political forums.
By the end of this course, you’ll understand the political structures within the UK and US. With this understanding, you’ll have developed your debating skills and be able to form a cohesive answer to the question, ‘Who is more powerful in theory and in practice, the UK Prime Minister or the US President?’
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Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Evaluate how the key political institutions work within the systems of government in the UK and US.
- Explore the governmental systems in the UK and US through a series of fascinating case studies and examples.
- Compare the systems of government in the UK and US.
- Critique the systems of government in the UK and US.
- Debate, in forums, which political system is more effective.
- Discuss key current political issues in the UK and US.
- Solve the answer to the question 'Who is more powerful in theory and in practice, the UK Prime Minister or the US President?' based on what you have learnt in this course.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone wanting to understand how the key political institutions work within the systems of government in the UK and USA.
It would be particularly useful for anyone considering a Politics related course at A-level or university as well as those already studying Politics who want to revise key topics.
What software or tools do you need?
To take part in this course you will need access to the internet and speakers (built within a laptop/ PC or phone would be fine) to listen to or watch the video content. This course could be completed on a smart phone or laptop or PC.
Who developed the course?
Our history dates back to the time of Henry VIII, when The Manchester Grammar School was founded in 1515 by Hugh Oldham, Bishop of Exeter, to provide ‘godliness and good learning’ to the poor boys of Manchester.
The School proceeded to build a reputation as one of the country’s leading educational establishments, a position it still holds today as an independent day school.