Please note that these are my additional suggestions and/or materials mentioned in the seminars. For essential readings and authoritative information please do consult the module webpage.
Spring Term 2014
Essay Feedback & How to Prepare Presentations
This is the presentation from Term 2 Week 1 . Please refer to it when preparing for your seminar presentations.
Quota for Women
You may also be interested in Slavoj Žižek's short essay A Cup of Decaf Reality. I referred to it in the seminar and suggested it may offer some critical insights into the political role of social networks, especially as a corrective to the optimistic thesis about the possibility of change driven by social media.
The 2010 BBC documentary series The Great Offices of State (also on YouTube) offers an excellent insight into the working of the three most important UK departments - the Home Office, the Foreign Office and the Treasury. For an example how a department is structured have a look at this organisational chart of Germany's Foreign Ministry.
Very well-written study into how bureucracies work - which is actually fun to read, at least for an academic text - is Iver Neumann's article "“A Speech That the Entire Ministry May Stand for,” or: Why Diplomats Never Produce Anything New" (you will have to log in via library to access it).
Interesting as well as illustrative views on the problematique of ideology can be found in the work of Slavoj Žižek, a leading current philosopher and cultural theorist. While it is indeed always best to read the arguments in the books (I would highly recommend especially the 1989 The Sublime Object of Ideology), the good thing about Žižek is that you can get an overview by watching one of his movies. If that is still too much, you can do with the following two short videos from his The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012). The first one discusses why we cling onto ideologies, whereas the other one argues that vagueness - which we often touched upon in our discussions - is actually important for ideologies to succeed.
For those interested in International Relations, I recommended Cynthia Enloe's seminal Bananas, Beaches and Bases.
Watch Niall Ferguson's discussion of globalisation now and a hundred years ago in this short video.
Autumn Term 2013
A very good guide to essay writing by Martin Müller (University of Zürich) can be downloaded here . I would highly recommend it as it is very concise and practical. The single major difference is that here at Warwick we DO want you to use references in your essays (consult the UG Handbook).
The Milgram Experiment
A replication of the Milgram Experiment can be seen in the 2009 BBC Horizon Documentary "How Violent Are You?" that is also available on YouTube.
An extremely clear explanation of the electoral systems used and considered in Britain (FPTP, AV, AV plus and STV) is provided by this animation from the Guardian.