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US Politics: Is There A Crisis Of Democracy In The USA? – University Tutorial With Dr Jenny Mathers & Dr Lucy Taylor From Aberystwyth University

14th March 2023 @ 15:45 - 16:30

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In this live interactive US Politics tutorial, we will be joined by Dr Jenny Mathers and Dr Lucy Taylor, leading academics from the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, who will ask the question: Is there a crisis of democracy in the USA?


America is often upheld as a beacon of democracy, but recent events have revealed serious challenges, both to US democratic institutions and to America’s culture of democracy. This workshop explores the US political system, and its flaws, through a discussion of key contemporary issues. These are: the storming of Congress in January 2022; crisis within the Republican Party; race and representation. Fully interactive, this session looks behind the news headlines to explore the meaning of democracy and the relationship between state institutions and democratic culture.


The full context/introduction to this live and interactive discussion is provided below in a Headliner recorded resource which can be watched as a class activity or independently in preparation for the discussion.

The session aims to deepen students’ understanding of the topic whilst enabling them to access and experience a live online university tutorial.


A level Syllabus Themes: American politics; party systems; elections; Supreme Court; democratic culture.

Lecturer Profiles (Please Click): Dr Jenny MathersDr Lucy Taylor


This event is part of an exciting new programme of online events from Aberystwyth University called Twilight Tuesdays which will run from 15:45 to 16:30 on selected Tuesdays. More details of the wider programme will be available soon. 

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 possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but the Headliner recording will continue to be accessible.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5, and equivalent, students studying or with an interest in studying International Relations, Politics and related subjects. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome too and participants can join as individuals from school/college or home, or as a group from school/college.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to watch the Headliner recording and consider some of the key issues/questions raised.

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:

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14th March 2023
15:45 - 16:30
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