Political Science


Eliminate Corporate Subsidies: A Debate 99 min.

Agriculture, the auto industry, and the energy sector all benefit from government subsidies in the form of loans, tax breaks, and other preferences. Critics of these subsidies argue that they are misguided and unfair, transferring wealth from taxpayers to corporations and distorting the nation's markets and economy. Proponents argue that such subsidies are effective and fair, helping to launch inn...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus: A Debate 91 min.

Protests have erupted on university campuses across the country. College students are speaking out against racism, bigotry, and offensive language, which, they claim, fosters an unwelcoming, sometimes hostile, learning environment. Opponents, however, charge that their demands have gone too far, creating an atmosphere of intolerance that limits intellectual discourse and silences unpopular points...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

The U.S. Should Let in 100,000 Syrian Refugees: A Debate 106 min.

Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, more than 4 million Syrians have fled the country, creating the greatest refugee crisis since World War II (1939–45). Most have fled to neighboring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan, but many have risked death to reach Europe and the possibility of a better life. Unlike Europe and Syria’s neighbors, the United States has had the advantage of pi...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

There'll Always be an England 30 min.

Quit Europe or stay? It’s the English who hold the whip hand in the coming UK vote - and many want out. So what’s up with the Poms? Lisa Millar explores the essence of “Englishness”.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

Central Banks Can Print Prosperity: A Debate 100 min.

Central banks have been printing money to help boost the economy, a policy known as quantitative easing. Will quantitative easing lead to real and sustainable increases in global growth, or will it weaken the value of the dollar and cause inflation?

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

The Equal Protection Clause Forbids Racial Preferences in State University Admissions: A Debate 102 min.

The equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that "No State shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Yet many state universities give preferences to members of certain races and groups when deciding whom to admit. In Regents of the University of California v. Bakke in 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court approved suc...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

Changing the World: Is Activism a Failed Strategy? 41 min.

From Tahrir Square to Hong Kong, Occupy Wall Street to Anonymous, we have seen a surge in grassroots and social media activism. Yet the army is in power in Cairo and bankers continue to draw their bonuses. Is activism a failed strategy? Are political parties the only way to drive change or will student and street activism surprise us yet? The Panel Political campaigner Peter Tatchell, research d...

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Guns and Butter: Hard and Soft power 47 min.

Early in 2014, Obama teased Putin that we had grown out of military solutions. That was before Russia invaded Ukraine and US bombers returned to the Middle East. Is it a fantasy to imagine the economy has replaced the barrel of the gun as the real source of power? Or is this a short route to Armageddon? The Panel Oxford historian Rana Mitter and politician Clare Short, who resigned from the cabi...

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Killing the King: The Myth of the Strong Leader 39 min.

Ancient cultures often chose their leader and gave them unbridled power of life and death. But if the crops failed the leader was killed. Are voters still in thrall to the same fantasy believing each new leader will work miracles? Do we demand the impossible or are our leaders simply incompetent? The Panel Outspoken columnists Polly Toynbee and David Aaronovitch and journalist John Sweeney put o...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

Breaking the Wall of Indifference in War and Disease: How Aid Organisations Call on World Leaders to Protect the Humanitarian Space 10 min.

From the Ebola epidemic, where health staff stood alone for months, warning the world that this disease would not go away without concerted global action; to millions of refugees and migrants, desperately seeking a safe life away from bombs and attacks, who are endangering their lives as they flee; to the deliberate targeting of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical infrastructure in Kunduz,...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015