Understanding the UK’s 2015 General Election

Learn about the UK's 2015 general election: how does the system work, what is at stake, and how will it affect you? Whether or not you have a vote, if you want to gain a better understanding of political issues in the UK, join us for discussion and up-to-date insight before and after polling day.

About The Course

This course provides an overview of the United Kingdom's 2015 general election. Join us right up to and through election night as we explore the politics, issues and numbers that give British politics its enduring appeal. This year's election is one of the most exciting and unpredictable in recent memory. Old Westminster certainties like majority governments and the two-party system seem to be under increasing strain. Meanwhile, the implications rise of the Scottish National Party and the decline of the Liberal Democrats are still unclear.

The course is designed both as a general introduction to UK politics for people all over the world and as a place for British citizens to come to find the information they need to make an informed choice. With expert commentary from Edinburgh University academics, we will try to shed light on the issues at stake, the electoral system and the territorial implications of this election. This course is unique because it happens in 'real time': we will change the course in response to events in the UK and your feedback. Tell us what you want to know and we'll try to include it in the course materials and in our weekly interactive live-streamed seminar Q&A.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get a certificate after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructors.

Do I earn University of Edinburgh credits upon completion of the course?
No. The Statement of Accomplishment is not part of a formal qualification from the University. However, it may be useful to demonstrate prior learning and interest in your subject to a higher education institution or potential employer.

What resources will I need for this class?
You don't need any resources to take part in the course.

What are the learning outcomes of this course and why should I take it?
By the end of the course, you should have a good understanding of how UK general elections work and the main issues at stake in 2015.