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I have a Postgraduate Award in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

PO394 Democratic Design

Democratic Design is not running in 2015/16.

The module asks the questions of what is democracy and how should it be practiced? It raises the issue of design and how core principles of democracy can be instituted, considering some of the design challenges involved in ensuring democracy continues to persist in the modern world.

More information on the module can be found here and current students can access the module website here (currently under construction).


PO107 Introduction to Politics

I am a seminar tutor for the first year undergraduate core module Introduction to Politics. The module provides a broad overview of key concepts of comparative politics and political theory and their application to various processes and institutions.

More information on the module can be found here and current students can access the module website here.

For 2015/16 I will be the seminar tutor for the following groups:

  • Group 6 Monday 11.00-12.00 in H3.55
  • Group 7 Monday 12.00-13.00 in R1.04
  • Group 8 Monday 13.00-14.00 in S2.73
  • Group 22 Thursday 09.00-10.00 in H3.57
  • Group 23 Thursday 11.00-12.00 in S1.69
  • Group 25 Thursday 12.00-13.00 in H3.57
  • Group 28 Friday 10.00-11.00 in H4.01
  • Group 30 Friday 11.00-12.00 in H2.46

My advice and feedback hours for PO107 in 2015/16 are Friday 13.00-14.00, outside of this hour I am available to see you by appointment. Please drop in to see me if you have any questions or concerns about the seminars or assessment or send me an email if you would like an alternative appointment to meet.


Russell Brand on Revolution in the New Statesman and discussing with Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight.

Jamie Bartlett on Brand's position and democracy

In contrast to Russell Brand: Never Mind the Anarchy, Vote, says Johnny Rotten (behind paywall, sorry!)

Polly Toynbee on Russell Brand and Johnny Rotten

Engin Isin: The Frontiers of the Political

The Rise of the Clicktivists: The new power elite (behind paywall, sorry!)

'What is Democracy?' posters.

Human Rights news roundup of 2013, as filmed by ordinary citizens.

The separation of powers: The West Wing clip 1, The West Wing clip 2 

What You're Really Saying When You Support Gender Equality, But Not Feminism