What is politics?
What is politics?

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What is politics?


This course was dedicated to exploring the questions of what politics is and why it’s important. You began to work through these questions by studying a list reflecting some of the more extraordinary political events of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. You also reflected on the more ordinary side of politics and explored the implications of politics for our day-to-day lives.

In Section 2 of the course you were introduced to various definitions of politics and to the idea that politics is an essentially contested concept.

Finally, you listened to audio interviews with four differently positioned individuals to get their perspectives on what politics is and why it is important, and on what they considered to be the most significant political events of the twenty-first century.

Activity 7

Timing: About 15 minutes

During this course, you were introduced to a lot of different interpretations of politics and a variety of views on its importance.

  • Has your understanding of politics and its importance changed since you started this course?
  • Would you answer the question of what politics is and why it is important differently now than you did when you began your study?

This is the answer you gave at the beginning of this week:

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