Introduction to Political Systems and Power in the UK and USA

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Explore the political power structures of the United Kingdom and United States

One of the most interesting political debates of recent years is who is more powerful – the UK Prime Minister or the US President.

On this four-week course, you’ll answer this question by examining the political structures of each country and their impact on POTUS and the PM’s agendas.

Examine the role of parliament and congress in relation to both world leaders

The power that the President and Prime Minister wield is built on a complex foundation of political structures.

On this course, you’ll explore the differences between the UK and US systems and how the constitutions of each country impact the passing of laws and policies.

With this knowledge, you’ll learn the limitations of each leader’s role and how leaders have used or abused these systems to try and further their own agendas.

Compare the role of the judicial system in each country and see which is more powerful

Both the US and UK supreme courts have been accused of acting increasingly politically in recent years.

On this course, you’ll explore the powers of each court and how this affects the power of both leaders.

You’ll be able to explain connections between the supreme courts and the governance of each country and how this affects political strategies in each government.

Develop your debating skills by investigating current political issues

Using recent political events as case studies, you’ll form opinions on each leader’s level of power and learn the skills to argue in political forums.

By the end of this course, you’ll understand the political structures within the UK and US. With this understanding, you’ll have developed your debating skills and be able to form a cohesive answer to the question, ‘Who is more powerful in theory and in practice, the UK Prime Minister or the US President?’

This course is designed for anyone wanting to understand how the key political institutions work within the systems of government in the UK and USA.

It would be particularly useful for anyone considering a Politics related course at A-level or university as well as those already studying Politics who want to revise key topics.

To take part in this course you will need access to the internet and speakers (built within a laptop/ PC or phone would be fine) to listen to or watch the video content. This course could be completed on a smart phone or laptop or PC.