The Politics of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic shook the globe in the Spring and Summer of 2020. Political institutions around the world scrambled to develop and implement policies to deal with something they had never anticipated. In this course, we will ask why we have seen such drastic differences in countries’ approaches to the crisis – and are we yet at a stage to conclude that some have handled it better than others? We also seen that certain demographics have been more severely affected by the the virus, both in terms of medical impact, and in terms of economic and social consequence. We will explore the reasons for these differences within particular populations.

The virus has also acted as a catalyst for conspiracy theorists – from those who initially thought it was a hoax, to those who claim it was caused by 5G towers. Where do such claims come from, how to they gain momentum, and where do the so-called ‘facts’ come from which support them? The pandemic has provided us with a unique opportunity to observe politics in action, and the fallout will be analysed for decades to come. 

All of our online courses consist of small seminar groups, with lots of opportunities for discussion and debate with peers as well as learning from our expert tutors. This will be a fully live and interactive event, with summary notes and a certificate of attendance issued upon completion of the course.

This style of learning is an excellent preparation for university, and should give participants a real taste of politics as an undergraduate subject, enabling students to make a more informed choice about politics as an option for future study .

For currently available dates, full practical details, and a link to the booking form please scroll down past the reviews.

‘This course allowed me to broaden my perspective on different philosophical debates as it is heavily discussion lead. It allowed me to question my own beliefs which I find deeply valuable and has helped me to become more open to different ideas.’

‘I think this course is great if you want quite a diverse understanding and perspective of political philosophy. I did not expect such a range of things to be discussed, so i have gained quite a few skills from this experience.’

‘A very good way to help you think on your feet and evaluate certain viewpoints on very interesting concepts like justice and liberty.’

‘The course was very interesting, you can get your opinions across while listening to others, the material covered was broad enough to not be too focused but specific enough to go in good depth, the tutor was very knowledgeable, I recommend this course to anyone considering it.’

‘The course was packed with interesting thinkers, discussions and debates and allowed you to express your opinions and clearly understand quite hard political concepts.’

‘The course was very interesting, you can get your opinions across while listening to others, the material covered was broad enough to not be too focused but specific enough to go in good depth, the tutor was very knowledgeable, I recommend this course to anyone considering it.’

‘The course was packed with interesting thinkers, discussions and debates and allowed you to express your opinions and clearly understand quite hard political concepts.’

Practical Details

The Politics of COVID-19 course is an online event for students aged 15-18.

This is a one-day course, running on 24th October. Teaching hours on each day will run from 10am till 3.30pm, with a break for lunch, and an independent study task.

This is a live online event, with small seminar groups offering fully interactive classroom discussion and debate (much as you would normally expect from our in-person courses). The event 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 connection.

The cost of the one-day Politics of COVID-19 course is £90 per student. As class sizes are small, places are very limited, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

You can see our full booking terms and conditions here.

You can book online using the link below, or if you have any further questions, please call us on 0800 8101058, or email info@debatechamber.com