The first day of the course will consider the nature of politics and government and of power, authority and democracy, introducing participants to some of the key terms required to understand a contemporary political system. The session will then move onto consider the social and historical context of UK politics in particular and the contemporary position of the UK within global politics.
The second day of the course will consider the nuts and bolts of the UK political system, including the Westminster model of politics, the UK constitution and the nature of representation in the UK.
The third day of the course will consider some of the most contemporary debates within UK politics, about how the system might be changed and its strengths and weaknesses. The session will focus on debates surrounding how democracy and representation can be improved in the UK and also the changing location of power in UK politics.
Detailed feedback: An end of course report is sent on completion detailing the student’s achievements and areas for further work.