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Understanding Politics

Equip yourself for further study with this introduction to politics.

Understanding Politics
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study6 hours
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Gain an expert view of how politics works

This introductory four-week course will equip you with the basic knowledge and understanding you need for further education in political science. By the end, you’ll have an understanding of the role of governments, regimes and the state, an introduction to political ideologies, and recommendations for further reading.

Discover different electoral systems and political models

You’ll gain an understanding of the different political models, including models of democracy around the world, and the models of political economy. These will offer you a critical lens for viewing political arguments, statements, and the world around you.

Build your understanding of politics

Prepare for further study of politics by learning about identity and class politics, how they relate to ideologies, and political power. You’ll be introduced to key concepts across conservatism, socialism, and feminism, and look at differences and debates within them.

At the end of the course, you’ll have a basic understanding of politics and a familiarity with key texts, historical context and ongoing debates.

What topics will you cover?

  • The study of politics
  • Political models and theories
  • Politics and power
  • Political systems and the State
  • Political ideologies

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the different modes of the study of politics
  • Identify the importance of models and theoretical frameworks
  • Investigate Heywood's typology of political models
  • Assess a number of ways in which power operates in politics
  • Assess the logic of comparative politics
  • Assess a range of approaches to forming and classifying political systems
  • Explain some of the characteristics of the state
  • Evaluate the merits of different ideologies

Who is the course for?

This course is for students who have excellent high school or partial A-level equivalent qualifications, but haven’t completed a suitable qualification or grades that allow them to apply for direct entry to a UK university.

This course gives prospective students a flavour of studying politics at degree level, and is also ideal for mature students returning to study.

Who developed the course?

The University of Kent

The University of Kent, the UK’s European university, is one of the country’s most dynamic universities. Established in 1965, it now has 19,850 students studying at its various campuses.

About this ExpertTrack

Prepare for further study of politics at degree level, with an introduction to political philosophy, democracy and ideology.

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