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right4me Politics – Insights Into University Modules & The Learning Experience With Goldsmiths, University of London & University of East Anglia

20th October 2021 @ 14:15 - 15:15




right4me is a series of subject specific webinars for Year 12 & 13 students, and equivalent. The sessions support students’ current studies and interests by giving an insight into curriculum areas covered in university modules. In addition, by hearing from 2 universities for 30 minutes each, students will appreciate how the further study of Politics can vary between institutions, contributing to the depth of their HE research and assisting informed decision making.

In this session we will be joined by two universities, Goldsmiths, University of London & University of East Anglia, who will begin by exploring the fascinating academic content of their Politics degree programmes in the form of a mini lecture based on one of their undergraduate modules.

Each university will then offer an insight into the teaching and learning experience related to these modules and to their Politics degrees more generally.

The respective talks and speakers will appear below when confirmed. There will be time and opportunity for participation and questions.

  • University of East Anglia: We will be joined by Beth Derks-van Damme. Beth is heavily involved in young people’s involvement in Politics, model parliament and digital democracy projects. Beth will discuss the Parliamentary and Public Policy Research Placement, a module that provides students the opportunity to write a research report for client such as a parliamentarian, governmental organisation or pressure group. Beth will then introduce case studies of how UEA students have tackled this module and used it as a springboard for their political careers.
  • Goldsmiths, University of London:  Dr Paul Gunn will present the Making sense of society through a Politics, Philosophy, and Economics module. In this talk Paul shall discuss one of Goldsmiths’ core PPE modules, “Political Economy”. The subject of this module is a question that has been central to social and political thought since (at least) the 18th century, namely: how and why do people cooperate in pursuit of their shared goals, and why do they frequently fail? This question is often understood as a purely economic question, but, we will see, none of its premises or putative solutions is free from contentious political or philosophical assumptions. Thus, Goldsmiths’ “Political Economy” module is organised around the one thing we can say with certainty about human cooperation: it is poorly understood, and the site of intense disagreement. In Paul’s talk he discusses how (and why) we cover these disagreements, what students are expected to learn, and how the module and its contents helps students to locate their own thoughts and ideas concerning one of the most difficult—and one of the most fascinating—questions we currently face.



Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.



Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students and equivalent studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Politics and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the 2 topics and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying Politics at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



20th October 2021
14:15 - 15:15
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