Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, January 08, 2015

YouTube master

I mentioned before the rather nifty videos by C.G.P. Grey explaining the UK, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Great Britain and How Many Countries Are There?. The guy continues to produce little videos that might be helpful.

His video on the EU seems to concentrate on details and ignore generalizations (which I don't think is terribly helpful), but it sets the stage for some good discussion or writing.

His videos on voting are, IMHO, overly complex, but they do explain some alternatives to first past the post. However, I could not find an explanation of the simple proportional system used in the EU and other European countries.

Take a look. Use what seems helpful. Ignore the rest.

‪The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained‬



‪How Many Countries Are There?‬


‪The European Union Explained‬


‪The (Secret) City of London, Part 1: History‬



‪The (Secret) City of London, Part 2: Government‬


‪The Problems with First Past the Post Voting Explained‬


‪The Alternative Vote Explained‬


‪Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote‬


‪What is STV? Single Transferable Vote Explained...‬


‪Extra: STV Election Walkthrough‬


‪Footnote * from STV: Proportional Systems vs STV‬


‪Footnote † from STV: Switch To STV‬



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Just The Facts! is a concise guide to concepts, terminology, and examples that will appear on May's exam.










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