What is the Simple Politics Academy?

Course details of the Simple Politics Academy.


Welcome to Simple Politics Academy!

Politics is complicated, it really is. But it doesn’t have to be. We want to help you get your head around the kind of terms that you hear all the time in the media. This is where SP Academy comes in. For the next week we will running through the basics of politics, maybe even the stuff you’re revising right now for exams. At the end of the week, there will be the opportunity for you to test your knowledge in our exam and if you pass, fantastic! We will send you a certificate to prove that you really do know all about politics.

Sign up [here] or say hello via email academy@simplepolitics.co.uk and we will add you to our mailing list. Every morning you will receive an email with the topics for the day. You can even join our WhatsApp group to debate the subject with other classmates. Then it’s your chance to shine on Friday where, if you get 80% on our exam, you will become a proud graduate of the Simple Politics Academy.

The course will look like this:

Monday: Key ideologies

Socialism - Conservatism - Liberalism - Neoliberalism - Fascism

Tuesday: Roles in Parliament

Role of PM - Role of cabinet - Role of the speaker - Role of the shadow cabinet - What does an MP do all day?

Wednesday: Voting systems

FPTP - AV - STV - PR - Voting by referenda

Thursday: Features of a democracy

Direct vs representational democracy - How Parliament is formed - How a law is made - PMBs/10 min rule bill - Lobbying

Friday: Devolved powers

What is devolution? - Scottish Parliament - NI Assembly - Welsh Assembly - Mayors/Local/County Councils