Understanding Politics: Ideas and institutions in the modern world

In this session, module chair Richard Heffernan introduces the new core politics module in the Politics, Philosophy and Economics qualification, presented for the first time this October, and explains how it was produced. The module, DD211, explores “what is politics?” and “who does politics?", "where"? and "how"? It also condors how we study politics, whether we are looking at concepts, ideologies, institutions and the interrelationship of the local and the global. This session will give you an insight into some of the ways politics impacts on institutions and processes in our everyday lives, as well as illustrating the ways In which the Faculty of Social Sciences develop teaching materials that enhance the distance learning experience.

Presentation time: 
Friday, 25 September, 2015 - 13:30

Richard Heffernan

Richard Heffernan is a Reader in Government in the Department of Politics and international Studies at the Open University. He has held visiting appointments at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, the University of California, Los Angeles and the London School of Economics and is presently a Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame. He works in the field of comparative politics, specialising in British politics, and is presently researching the British prime minister.