Advanced political studies
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: HPC30
Duration: 10 sessions (over 9 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course introduces what it means to study politics at an advanced level. From understanding debates around the nature of politics, to exploring contemporary issues in political philosophy and International Relations it will provide an introduction of the modern discipline of politics, and develop students’ skills and rigour in discussing and writing about politics.
Note: this course includes a Saturday session on 17 June.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Students will explore the following major subjects in the contemporary discipline of politics.
- What is Politics?
- Ideas in politics
- International Relations in Practice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Approach the discipline of politics from a critical perspective
- Be able to read, understand, and critically examine advanced political texts, philosophies and ideas
- Express your argument in a clear fashion
- Discuss complex ideas
- Present political information in an entertaining and engaging manner
- Explain key aspects about the discipline of politics.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No particular skills are required, only a passion, interest and willingness to engage with reading, writing and discussing political ideas and texts.
The course is open to everyone, although it will require the reading of advanced texts, the writing of an essay and a book review, and a willingness to present in front of a group. As such, it is generally advised that you have at least a grade B in GCSE English (or equivalent).
You will receive a certificate on completion of this course, outlining the areas of study undertaken.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught through a combination of lectures, student presentations, and class discussion. The class discussion element is especially important to this course and will play a central role in learning.
There will be reading to be completed at home every week, as well as presentations from students.
There will be approximately 2 - 3 hours of work to be completed outside of class each week.
You will also be invited to submit a written assignment – which could be a book review and/or an essay.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will be provided with a detailed reading list. It will be advisable to buy some of these texts for your convenience, although most are widely available in public libraries or online for free.
Something to make notes with will be essential: this may be a pen and paper, or a laptop.
You will need to be able to use a computer to access the class resources.
This course can be paid in instalments. Please ask enrolments for details.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a wide range of politics courses: check out our online catalogue or our prospectus for more information on these.
If considering more advanced study, tutors of this course will be able to advise on Access, BA or MA courses that you may be interested in. Access courses are available at City Lit.
Martin Ottovay Jorgensen is a historian by education (BA, MA and PhD in Denmark and Belgium). Overall, his research focuses on how forms of international cooperation were new international undertakings but also reflected deeper imperial practices that lingered on long after decolonization in various ways. As a university teacher, he has taught courses on world and global history; imperial and colonial history; the history of international organisations; peace and conflict; global issues and international relations as well as how memory is an active dimension in community-building, society, politics, international relations, conflict as well as corporate branding. Perhaps more importantly, Martin sees the active promotion of robust historical thinking as both a democratic practice of vital importance to the maintenance and continued strengthening of democracy and thus society as a whole. At City Lit, Martin combines these interests with his learner-centric approach that aims to both promote history as a socially relevant way of thinking and give each class and course a horizon beyond itself.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.