The following material provides a broad introduction into the study of Politics and Political Science and discusses themes which will be covered throughout your time at Brunel.
- Heywood, Andrew. 2019. Politics. Abingdon: Red Globe Press, 5th Edition.
- What is Politics? chapter 1
- The Role of Ideologies, chapter 2
- Democracy Heywood, chapter 4 & 5
- Nationalism and Populism, chapter 6
- Globalisation, chapter 7
- Politics and Identity, chapter 8
- Politics and Media, chapter 9
- Elections and Voting, chapters 10 &11
- Governments & Institutions, chapters 14 & 15
- Security, chapter 18
- World Order, chapter 19
While there is no single book that covers all of the themes which we will explore in International Politics at Brunel, the following should give you a good foundation:
- Frieden, Jeffry A., David A. Lake, and Kenneth A. Schultz. 2018. World Politics: Interests, Interactions, Institutions. New York: Norton (4th Edition).
Note: there are two versions of this book: a US-version, and an “international student” version. They are fundamentally the same book, except some of the pictures are different.
- Foundations of world politics, chapter 1
- Understanding the international system, chapter 2
- Why do we have war? chapters 3-6
- International political economy Frieden, 7-10
- Human rights Frieden, 12
- Environment Frieden, 13
- The rise of China Frieden, 14
You might also find it useful to listen to select freely-available podcasts, which discuss current events pertinent to national and international politics.
Such podcasts include: • ‘The Intelligence’ by The Economist • ‘The Daily’ by the New York Times • ‘Global News Podcast’ by the BBC World Service