UK politics for beginners
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.
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What is the course about?
The course introduces you to UK politics from different perspectives: institutions, sociology, ideology, history, and international relations. Together, these five approaches to British politics provide you with the perfect introduction.
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?
• the British constitution
• the changing voter
• the key ideologies
• the postwar consensus
• the relationship with Europe.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• identify the key characteristics of the British constitution
• explain how we vote at general elections
• outline conservative, liberal, and social democratic ideas
• understand the post war consensus and its breakdown
• consider Britain’s past and future relationship with the European Union.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for beginners. You do not need any skills or prior experience of politics.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online. The classes are a blend of tutor led presentations and breakout room discussions. You are provided with some follow up reading, based on the conversation, but this is optional and you never have to prepare.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no costs and you do not need to bring anything, but many students like to take notes as the classes proceed. You are provided with the course slides after the class, but these do not contain all of the material discussed live.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HPC80 - Understanding Britain's Political Parties.
Justin is Lecturer in Politics at Brasenose College, Oxford; St Anne's College, Oxford; and St Hilda's College, Oxford. He also teaches at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford and the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. He is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University. He holds postgraduate degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, and London.
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.