Politics and History

Power, Politics and the State

A course examining models of power and authority, theories of change, and the idea of developing a strategic approach to change. The course includes aspects of strategy, planning, resource allocation, building alliances, tactics and implementation

If we seek to change the world around us we must have a clear and strategic understanding of power and how the political environment operates. This means 'politics' in the broader sense: the organizations and institutions of power, the hidden structures of authority and the informal networks that contribute to the inner workings of society.

This course examines models of power and authority, theories of change, and the idea of developing a strategic approach to change. The course includes aspects of strategy, planning, resource allocation, building alliances, tactics and implementation.

Topics

  • Approaches, theories and methods in political science
  • Key thinkers in classical political economy
  • Comparative theories of the state
  • Key concepts such as democracy, the rule of law and human rights
  • Political institutions
  • Building strategies and alliances
  • Political parties
  • New social movements
  • The rise of populism and ‘anti-politics’
  • The future of democratic politics

What's included?

  • 11 main sessions
  • 30+ videos
  • 11 reflective tasks
  • Community discussion
  • 2 assignments
  • Course certificate

BONUS 1

Political Analysis

We make social analysis skills central to all of our learning. This mini-course in Political Analysis provides tools and skills for undertsanding structures of power and oppression. We recommend that you take it alongside the main course.

BONUS 2

Live Seminars

You will get access to regular live online seminars and the opportunity to suggest seminar topics or even take part in presenting a seminar. This bonus comes as part of our Associate Membership package.

BONUS 3

Associate Membership

In addition to access to live seminars, your one-year Associate Membership includes free previews to new courses. It also gives you Workspace tools and apps, including a dedicated email account.

Course contents