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11/27/2017 2:02:22 PM

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1. Democracy in the UK
The Westminster model is a textbook ideal that promises stability, accountability and strong political leadership. But does that ideal still match reality? In this video Jocelyn explores the basic foundations of democracy in the UK, including the Westminster model, parliamentary government, the devolved assemblies, local government and the voting systems we use to elect our political representatives. Jocelyn considers how the development of new political forums and the emergence of new political parties has reshaped the political landscape, and what this may mean for the election in 2015.
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3/31/2015 8:34:49 AM
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10. Discussion: Do campaign messages affect elections?
In this video, Victoria and David debate whether campaign messages can really change the outcome of an election. Key topics they discuss include: - What are the most effective ways in which parties can sell their message? - Do the public pay any attention to what the parties say during an election, or are their minds already made up? - How effective are soundbites? - What notorious campaign messages have had an impact on past elections, and what will be the key campaign messages in 2015?
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3/31/2015 9:06:44 AM
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11. What do leaders do?
The party leaders will be hard to escape during the election campaign. But where does their power come from, and how has the nature of political leadership in the UK changed over time? In this video, Victoria describes the key functions of party leaders. She explores how leaders are chosen and their importance as the public face of their party and spokesperson for its policies. The party leader’s role as figurehead and the close scrutiny they receive from the media means they need to be excellent performers in front of the cameras. But as Victoria shows, to be successful leaders must also manage their party effectively and be able to see the big picture of their party’s policies and political objectives.
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3/31/2015 9:07:26 AM
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12. What do leaders change?
What does it take to succeed as a prime minister or party leader? And does the greater prominence of leaders represent a triumph of style over substance? In this video, Victoria investigates how the role of party leader has changed in recent decades. She considers the impact of different leadership styles and asks whether the more personal approach of some prime ministers is evidence our political leaders are becoming more presidential. What does it take to leave a legacy as a prime minister and what constraints do political leaders operate within? As Victoria shows, favourable circumstances are important for leaders but so too is a clear political vision, a strong grip on government and the ability to communicate effectively with the public. What about the coalition? Has it constrained leaders by requiring them to negotiate more, or further concentrated power at the top of the governing parties? Victoria considers the evidence.
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3/31/2015 9:08:40 AM
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13. Discussion: PM or President?
In this video, Tim and Kevin discuss the evidence for and against the argument that UK politics is becoming more presidential. Key topics they discuss include: - Why is there a stronger focus on leaders and prime ministers in UK politics now than there was a few decades ago? - How far have the leadership debates reinforced the prominence of party leaders? - Has politics become more presidential? Or just more personalised? - Is British ‘presidentialism’ a product of institutional change, or is it more a matter of style?
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3/31/2015 9:09:34 AM
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14. What to look for in an election campaign
We’re in the final countdown of what has already been the longest unofficial campaign in the UK’s modern political history. What can we expect in the remaining weeks? In this video, Victoria looks ahead to the official election campaign that kicks-off when parliament is prorogued. She outlines the issues the parties will need to focus on in the weeks ahead and the role the parties and their leaders will play in communicating their message to the electorate. What about the election battle in the local constituencies? Victoria explains how parties target ‘key marginals’ and how candidates are selected for these seats, and she considers the strategies parties will use to drum up support among local voters.
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3/31/2015 9:11:24 AM
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15. Close race or done deal?
What do the political experts expect the result of the 2015 election to be and what are the key factors that could determine the final outcome? In this video Victoria looks ahead to the possible results of the 2015 election. What do the polls currently predict the outcome to be? And with a 3% margin of error, how far can we rely upon what the pollsters tell us? With help from a number of political observers, Victoria considers the critical factors that may determine the election’s outcome. How well are UKIP and other of the smaller parties likely to perform, and how are the three mainstream parties battling to mobilise their supporters? Most pundits are predicting a hung parliament in which no single party enjoys an overall majority. Victoria explores the range of possible coalition partnerships and asks whether anything in the last days and weeks of the campaign could upset the experts’ predictions.
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3/31/2015 9:12:36 AM
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16. Predicting the outcome
How do pundits and political experts go about predicting the outcome or elections, and how can we distinguish good predictions from bad ones? In the run-up to the general election there will be no shortage of predictions of what the outcome will be - in fact we’ve already seen plenty in this course! But how do the experts arrive at these predictions, and how much faith should we put in them? In this video, Jocelyn lifts the lid on election forecasting. He explains the difference between pundits, whose opinions are often subjective, and electoral forecasters, who try to develop statistical systems to make predictions; and he considers the kinds of data forecasters regard as most useful in predicting voter behaviour.
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3/31/2015 9:15:41 AM
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17. How prediction affects democracy
Are polls and electoral forecasts an impartial barometer, a useful tool for voters, or a damaging influence that can distort the democratic process? In this video, Jocelyn considers the role of polls and election forecasts in the UK’s political system. Polls often grab the headlines - but do the media use their results with sufficient caution? Would a political system without polls and forecasts allow the public to make more unbiased choices or deprive the electorate of useful information that should inform their votes?
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3/31/2015 9:16:29 AM
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18. Discussion: Polling and democracy
In this video, Jocelyn and Victoria discuss the impact of the expanding use of political polls upon British politics. Key topics they cover include: - Has polling gone too far in British politics? - How do political experts use polls responsibly? - Do the media report polls with sufficient caution? - Can polls help people engage more with political debate?
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3/31/2015 9:17:39 AM
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2. Voter dissatisfaction and the rise of protest parties
Are declining voter turnouts and the rise of protest parties such as UKIP and the Green Party evidence of a crisis of legitimacy in British politics? In this video, Jocelyn is joined by a range of political experts to investigate the state of British politics on the eve of the 2015 election. Jocelyn considers the most recent evidence that there is a crisis of participation in British politics. He explores the growing popular support for UKIP and the Green Party and the increasing challenge they present to the mainstream political parties. What does the emergence of these parties of protest tell us about the state of British politics today - and what might be their impact on election 2015?
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3/31/2015 8:37:27 AM
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25 names added to World War roll of honour
Local historian David Stowe discusses the names of 25 men from the University of Leeds who served in the Great War that have been added to the University’s Brotherton War Memorial. Learn more at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/3575/
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1/16/2015 11:59:17 AM
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3. Devolution and the rise of regional parties
Has the devolution of power to national assemblies and increasing electoral support for regional parties critically undermined Westminster’s legitimacy as the centre of political authority in the UK? The closer-than-expected outcome of the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014 sent shock-waves through the political system. Now the SNP is expected to make significant gains in the national elections. In this video, Jocelyn considers the potential impact of the Scottish referendum on this year’s general election. He also explores the political consequences of devolution across the UK. Jocelyn concludes by looking ahead to the outcome of the election. What might be the implications if the parties of protest and the parties of the regions hold the balance of power at Westminster?
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3/31/2015 8:38:32 AM
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4. Discussion: Is British democracy broken?
In this video, Victoria and Stuart debate the evidence that British politics is broken. Among the key questions they discuss are: - Is the emergence of new political parties evidence of voter dissatisfaction or a sign that politics is alive and well? - What does Russell Brand’s message that people should ‘break the system’ tell us about political attitudes in 2015? - Is the political system broken for everyone, or just certain sections of society? - Why do the mainstream parties all sound the same?
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3/31/2015 8:39:39 AM
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5. The electoral system
Is First Past The Post (FPTP) still the right system for national elections in the UK, or would different electoral systems better represent a more diverse electorate? In this video, Jocelyn reviews the key characteristics of the Westminster electoral system. He considers the historical background of FPTP, its impact on party and government in the UK, and explores the system’s strengths and weaknesses. Advocates of electoral reform argue that other, more proportional systems would deliver electoral results that were fairer. Jocelyn looks at the possible alternatives and the arguments for and against.
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3/31/2015 8:40:39 AM
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6. Voter behaviour and the electoral system
Have changing patterns of voting behaviour created a fundamental tension between the electorate and the UK’s political system? As Jocelyn explains in this video, older views of voter behaviour based upon class-alignment have been replaced by newer models that present a more complex picture of the relationship between social position and voter behaviour. The emergence of a more consumerist electorate has had far-reaching implications for the political parties and for the UK’s electoral system. In the 2015 election could these changes mean the end of the party system as we know it?
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3/31/2015 8:41:34 AM
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7. Discussion: Does the UK need a new electoral system?
In this video, Jocelyn and Richard discuss the state of the UK’s electoral system. Is it still fit for purpose or are the arguments for change now overwhelming? The key questions they debate are: - Is it true the FPTP system isolates smaller parties, or have they now found ways of working through the system? - Does the existing electoral system help prevent radical parties from gaining a foothold, or does it deny some people representation simply because we don’t like their views? - With the decline of the two-party system and the emergence of a more diverse electorate is there anything FPTP has still got in its favour?
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3/31/2015 8:42:37 AM
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8. What do parties do?
Parties are a key part of our political system. But what exactly do they do, and what part will they play in the general election? Political parties perform an important role in the electoral process. In this video, Victoria explains how parties differ from pressure groups and outlines how parties compete with one another to seek power. Victoria describes how the parties develop policy programmes, support candidates, and try to communicate their ideas to the electorate via door-to-door campaigning, television, and social media.
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3/31/2015 8:43:46 AM
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Crack Capitalism by John Holloway Leeds May 2011
This is a recording of a public lectre given by Prof John Holloway in Leeds on the 11th of May 2011. John Holloway lives and teaches in Puebla (Mexico) but is a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the MA in Activism and Social Change, University of Leeds (http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/study/masters/courses). This lecture presents his latest book Crack Capitalism published by Pluto Press License : CC-BY-ND-3.0
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7/5/2011 12:23:59 PM
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Cragside: Introduction
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Cragside: Non-Electrical Appliances and Systems
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1/5/2016 5:06:29 PM
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Cragside: The Archimedes Screw
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1/4/2016 4:13:44 PM
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Cragside: The Burnfoot Powerhouse
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1/4/2016 4:05:58 PM
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Election 2015: your predictions
Prepare for your exams by learning how political concepts will impact on real-life politics in the 2015 General Election. Sign up here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/election-2015
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1/16/2015 11:59:17 AM
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Global Event 17th November 2015
University of Leeds
11/17/2015 6:00:47 PM
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Hearing Aids and Society
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1/8/2016 8:29:19 AM
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How to use BBC - Your Paintings
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12/9/2015 10:12:00 AM
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International Law, the American exception and British foreign policy after Iraq
Professor Jason Ralph, British Academy mid-career fellow 2011-12 discusses the relationship between the British and US administrations post-Iraq.
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1/16/2015 11:59:17 AM
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Jogendra Sen - 1st Leeds “Pals” Battalion
Jogendra Sen, a highly-educated Bengali who completed an electrical engineering degree at the University of Leeds in 1913, was among the first to sign up to the 1st Leeds “Pals” Battalion when it was raised in September 1914. Learn more about his life at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/3670/
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1/16/2015 11:59:17 AM
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Military Heroism Animation
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10/20/2015 1:38:25 PM
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MPA Public Administration
What does an MPA involve and how can it enhance your professional practice? Dr Mark Priestley talks about the key features of the University of Leeds MPA which combines the expertise of the schools of Sociology and Social Policy and Politics and International Studies plus Leeds University Business School.
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6/14/2017 10:27:58 AM
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Music And Technology
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12/4/2015 12:14:30 PM
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Object Handling
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12/8/2015 10:37:33 AM
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Photography & Technology
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1/4/2016 4:07:32 PM
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Politics and International Studies - postgraduate study
Masters students and staff share their experiences of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds and why they are passionate about their subject.
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6/12/2017 1:45:53 PM
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Politics and International Studies at Leeds - undergraduate opportunities
Discover the opportunities available to you when you join one of our undergraduate degrees in International Development, International Relations or Politics. Meet some of our staff and student community at the School of Politics and International Studies at Leeds.
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6/9/2017 10:12:40 AM
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Rage against the Rule of Money- Part 3 "Break the Power of Money! Communise!"
This is a recording of the third lecture in a series of three given by Prof John Holloway in November 2011 Leeds. The Lecture Series was called "Rage against the Rule of Money". John Holloway lives and teaches in Puebla (Mexico) but was a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the MA in Activism and Social Change, University of Leeds in 2011 (http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/study/masters/courses). More information on this Lecture series here: http://johnhollowayinleeds.wordpress.com/ License : CC-BY-SA-3.0
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12/23/2011 5:39:29 PM
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Resurgence Of Vinyl
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12/8/2015 10:05:51 AM
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Studying in a Digital Age
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10/18/2016 1:48:57 PM
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Technology of Printing
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12/4/2015 1:48:52 PM
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The Medresco
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1/8/2016 5:39:53 PM
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Tom Penfold on Black Consciousness in South Africa
LUCAS seminar with Tom Penfold (University of Johannesburg) speaking on ‘Black Consciousness in South Africa’ on Thursday 15 October, 4-5.30pm (Michael Sadler LG10).
University of Leeds
10/15/2015 3:02:36 PM
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Using Primary Sources in Research (Part 3)
Dr Abigail Harrison Moore talks about research in Special Collections, and understanding texts as objects.
Dr Abigail Harrison Moore, Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
2/17/2016 5:11:04 PM
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Using Special Collections: Beth
Bethany Slater talks about her experience using the Whitaker Collection in Leeds University Library Special Collections.
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5/18/2016 12:03:09 PM
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Using Special Collections: Lorna
Lorna Goldsmith talks about her experience of using Special Collections for research.
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5/20/2016 12:42:48 PM
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Using Special Collections: Megan
Megan Patrick talks about her experience using First World War archives in Special Collections.
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5/20/2016 12:54:50 PM
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War and Assistive Technologies
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12/10/2015 10:18:24 AM
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What does heroism in WW1 mean to you?
What does heroism in WW1 mean to you?
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9/30/2015 8:52:31 AM
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What does World War 1 heroism mean to you? (BBC)
What does World War 1 heroism mean to you? (BBC)
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10/6/2015 11:00:13 AM
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World War 1: Changing Faces of Heroism
Did the First World War make heroism meaningless or was it the conflict that gave it the most meaning? We've designed this course in partnership with the BBC to help you explore, discuss and challenge the ways in which First World War heroism has been remembered. Our experts will take you through the changing British, French and German views of heroism and discuss important similarities and differences. You can share your own stories and ideas of heroism through a range of interactive activities. You can use the hashtag #FLheroism to join and contribute to social media conversations about this course. Sign up now at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/ww1-heroism
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1/16/2015 11:59:17 AM
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