Politics Summer School

LONDON - APRIL 12: Parliament square sign in city of Westminster on April 12 2015 in London UK. It's a square at the northwest end of the Palace of Westminster in London.The coronavirus pandemic has redrawn the faultlines in British political life in ways which will only become completely clear in the months and years to come. Longstanding debates about civil liberties, about the role of government in the economy, and about the relationship between parliament and the executive have had to be radically reconsidered in light of the events of the past year. Brexit too, will have a profound impact on Britain’s economy and place in the world.

At the Politics Summer School events we will be exploring the underlying reasons for the radical shifts of recent years, and equipping students with the knowledge and analytical tools to begin to develop their own opinions as to where we will go next, and how they might be a part of those changes. With seminars and workshops on both political science and theory, including the future prospects for democratic decision-making, representation and freedom, human rights, populist movements and political economy, these Summer Schools offer a fast-paced and fascinating look at a discipline which is in a state of very rapid development.

For 2021, we will have two online Politics events:

The Politics and Political Economy Summer School will include: Political Structures and Decision-Making – Constitutional Change – Human Rights – Wealth and Income Distribution – Taxation Policy – Public Services

The Political Theory and Philosophy Summer School will include: Liberty and Freedom – Equality – Foucault’s Theory of Power – Gender and Class Analysis – Cultural Theory.

Detailed schedules will be available for both events soon.

Classes for both events will be small, allowing plenty of seminar discussion and debate on every topic. This is a perfect opportunity for students to develop their own ideas, and to hear other perspectives. These events are great for anyone who is interested in a political career, or who would like to know how to get more involved or informed about the world around them. It is particularly recommended for anyone considering Politics, PPE or related disciplines at university.

For full booking and practical details just scroll down past the reviews.

The coronavirus pandemic has redrawn the faultlines in British political life in ways which will only become completely clear in the months and years to come. Longstanding debates about civil liberties, about the role of government in the economy, and about the relationship between parliament and the executive have had to be radically reconsidered in light of the events of the past year. Brexit too, will have a profound impact on Britain’s economy and place in the world.

At the Politics Summer School events we will be exploring the underlying reasons for the radical shifts of recent years, and equipping students with the knowledge and analytical tools to begin to develop their own opinions as to where we will go next, and how they might be a part of those changes. With seminars and workshops on both political science and theory, including the future prospects for democratic decision-making, representation and freedom, human rights, populist movements and political economy, these Summer Schools offer a fast-paced and fascinating look at a discipline which is in a state of very rapid development.

For 2021, we will have two online Politics events:

The Politics and Political Economy Summer School will include: Political Structures and Decision-Making – Constitutional Change – Human Rights – Wealth and Income Distribution – Taxation Policy – Public Services

The Political Theory and Philosophy Summer School will include: Aristotle’s Politics – Liberty and Freedom – Equality – John Rawls ‘Veil of Ignorance – Gender and Class Analysis.

Detailed schedules will be available for both events soon.

Classes for both events will be small, allowing plenty of seminar discussion and debate on every topic. This is a perfect opportunity for students to develop their own ideas, and to hear other perspectives. These events are great for anyone who is interested in a political career, or who would like to know how to get more involved or informed about the world around them. It is particularly recommended for anyone considering Politics, PPE or related disciplines at university.

‘If you are interested in current affairs and politics this is the course for you. I met so many like minded people and enjoyed lectures and activities from some world class teachers.’

‘The Politics Summer School was great. Having just finished my AS levels, I had quite a lot of knowledge of British politics and current affairs but in Debate Chamber, we covered aspects of politics that weren’t on the syllabus. It was amazing to be surrounded by people as interested in politics as me and who had different opinions to me. Furthermore, although I wish to study history at university, the content covered in the sessions and new skills I learnt will be so useful for uni and for my personal statement. The tutors are very highly educated and are proficient in the subjects they teach, and the fellow students were also great!’

‘The Politics Summer School has been the highlight of my summer. Not only did it allow me to further my interest for Politics but allowed me to meet such an incredible group of people whom I had such a large number of items in common with, but also the Tutors that were as passionate about the subject as I was. It is a course that challenges you, forces you to think outside of the box. I would urge all those interested in Politics to apply for the Summer School, it is an experience not be missed out on.’

‘The Politics Summer School has been the highlight of my summer. Not only did it allow me to further my interest for Politics but allowed me to meet such an incredible group of people whom I had such a large number of items in common with, but also the Tutors that were as passionate about the subject as I was. It is a course that challenges you, forces you to think outside of the box. I would urge all those interested in Politics to apply for the Summer School, it is an experience not be missed out on.’

Practical Details

While the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, and as long as there remains a risk of disruption, all courses will be held online, rather than in-person.

The Political Theory and Philosophy Summer School will take place 26th – 28th July.

The Politics and Political Economy Summer School will take place 9th – 11th August.

The Politics Summer Schools are open to students aged 15 – 18, and teaching hours for each online course will run from 10.00am till 3.30pm each day, with a lunch break. 

These are live online events, with small seminar groups offering fully interactive classroom discussion and debate (much as you would normally expect from our in-person courses). The events will not be recorded, so it is essential that you are able to attend during the course hours, and that you have a reliable audio and video internet connection.

The cost for each three-day Summer School is £275 and you can reserve your place with a 25% non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the payment is due eight weeks in advance of the course start date. Please see here for full booking terms and conditions.

To book your place for the either event, please click on the button below, which will take you to the booking form. Please note that because we will be keeping online class sizes small, places are very limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you have any questions, simply call us on 0800 810 1058 or email us at info@debatechamber.com.