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Politics Summer School 2017 – Additional dates added 21st-25th August

This is an exciting time for UK politics, no matter where you see yourself on the political spectrum. Brexit offers significant challenges and opportunities to both left and right, while the election of Donald Trump looks to usher in a new era of global economic and military relations.

At the Politics Summer School we will be exploring the underlying reasons for the radical shifts of recent years, and equipping students with the knowledge and analytical tools to begin to develop their own opinions as to where we will go next, and how they might be a part of those changes.

With seminars and workshops on both political science and theory, including the nature of democracy, representation and freedom, human rights, populist movements and political economy, this Summer School offers a fast-paced and fascinating look at a discipline which is in a state of very rapid development.

This five-day Summer School for students aged 15-18 offers a stimulating combination of practical activities, (including an extended Mock Parliament), and seminars on key topics in political philosophy, as well as workshops on political campaigning and briefings on key policy areas.

This event is well suited to anyone who is interested in a political career, or who would like to know how to get more involved or informed about the world around them. It is particularly recommended for anyone considering Politics, PPE or related disciplines at university.

Course highlights for 2017 include:

  • Seminars on key concepts in political theory such as liberty, equality, and representation. We will engage with some classic texts and thought experiments, as well as looking at how we can apply theories and philosophies in contemporary contexts.
  • A full day Mock Parliament in which participants form parties and take the roles of MPs and Ministers, debating and voting on bills, taking account of constituency opinions, party lines and personal views.
  • A look at the wider European picture – in the past few years ‘outsider’ and populist political movements have gained in momentum and popularity all across Europe. We will be asking what has prompted this shift in the political landscape, and whether any of these movements represent a genuine long term challenge to ‘business as usual’.
  • A critical look at the new world of ‘post-fact’ politics and how we might successfully navigate it both as individuals and as democratic societies.

Students interested in current affairs should also consider our International Relations, Economics and Philosophy Summer Schools – details of which can be found at

Practical Details:

The cost of the five-day course is £475 and it will be held at the University of London in Bloomsbury on the 24th-28th July, and additional dates now added on the 21st-25th August – please check the website for current availability. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

There is bursary funding available for those who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

To book a place please visit call us on 0845 519 4827, or email Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Auditory Learners and Government and Politics in the Digital Age.

As all good teachers know, a lot of people learn best by listening.  That’s fine in the classroom, but send them home with some reading to do for homework and it just doesn’t sink in.  These auditory learners don’t get on as well with the written word.  Fortunately, there is a wealth of programmes, videos and podcasts available for immediate download across the Internet.

But, as ever, the key to exam success is to make sure what they listen to is relevant to the specification and in student-friendly language.  That’s where Debates in Politics comes in.  Not only does each debate cover a key issue in relation to the AS and A Level Edexcel or AQA exam board specification, it also includes exam-style questions, that help you prepare them for the exam. The accompanying printed materials including detailed transcripts mean both your visual and auditory learners will keep pace.

Specification-specific editions are so far available for Edexcel and AQA. Click on the links below for prices and previews.

  • Debates in Politics: Audio Dialogues for A Level US Politics AQA (12 debates)
    Debates include: AQA exam topics ‘The electoral college is in dire need of reform’, ‘Third/minor parties and independents are never successful in US elections’ and ‘The Supreme Court has more power than was envisaged by the Founding Fathers’

Listen to sample right now!

Listen to the lively debate on UK politics ‘The House of Commons is not effective at performing its functions in Parliament’ for FREE now at and for US politics ‘The Supreme Court has more power than was envisaged by the Founding Fathers’ at (Bookmark it and you can play it to your class. It’s a great way to kick-start debates!)

ZigZag resources are available as ‘copy masters’ or in editable format and come with a site licence, allowing you to pay once and copy as often as you need, or put on your server for multiple use – and students can download the podcasts to their MP3 players.  All resources come with a quality-guarantee, 10-day sale or return period.

The Debates in Politics are available as photocopy masters with a site licence (£39–£64). Also available in:

  1. Easy-printing PDF files (add 30%+VAT), or
  2. PDF with editable Word files (add 50%+VAT).

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