This free course, What is politics?, introduces you to the world of politics. It is dedicated primarily to answering the question of what politics is. Although the question might seem rather simple, it elicits various, often contradictory responses. As you will realise, in politics as in much of the humanities and social sciences definitive answers are difficult to come by. What politics is and equally, who does it, and where it is done are hotly debated and highly contested. This OpenLearn course will introduce you to some of these debates, and their implications for the study and practice of politics.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
understand the competing interpretations of what politics is, who does it and where it is done
grasp the importance of politics and the variety of ways in which politics affects your everyday life
better understand the contestability of concepts in politics, and the implications of such contestability for the practice and study of politics.
This course can really further your understanding of politics and what it means in our lives. It has really helped me with the different concepts of political thinking, and I have certainly come away with more. The course is well set out and is an easy way of learning. The audio and video files were very useful and the text was well written. Enjoyed it immensely!