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Politics Courses

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What is Politics?

Politics refers to the activities associated with governance. This includes all of the discussion and debate around laws, rules and regulations, all of the activities associated with gaining and maintaining power and much more. Politics encompasses all of the elements of governance of a nation or entity, including political parties, elections, political debates, political polls and much more.

Online Politics Courses and Programs

Get an introduction to politics and political systems with online courses from major universities and institutions worldwide. Edx offers both individual courses and advanced programs designed to help you learn about politics in an engaging and effective online learning environment complete with video tutorials, quizzes and more.

Additionally, edX offers the option to pursue verified certificates. The certificate lists edX and the name of the university or institution offering the course and can be uploaded to your LinkedIn profile. It is proof for employers and others that you have successfully completed the course.

Get started with an introduction to the U.S. political system with an in-depth online course from Harvard University. American Government is a 16-week, comprehensive look at government and politics in America. Learn about democracy in the U.S. including the foundations, institutions and policies that define U.S. politics and drive America’s economic, social and foreign policies.

Have you ever watched a political debate and wondered how one person gains the upper hand to win an argument. Take a fun and interesting look at the concept of framing and reframing in Framing: How Politicians Debate, an online course from TU Delft. Discover how politicians frame an argument and try to pull their opponent into the frame, essentially playing chess with words. Whether you’re watching a debate for a presidential election or engaging in a debate with your peers, this course will give you a window into how strong arguments are made and how debates are won.

Explore these and other free online politics courses. Many courses are self-paced so you can enroll and start learning today.