Political Science Video Collection

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Whether the focus is American government or global politics, this vast collection is an invaluable asset for political science educators and students. From the basics of civics, American democracy, and other forms of government, to the major public policy issues of the day—immigration, globalization, national security, privacy—you will have at your fingertips a rich source of documentary and instructional content that adds context to every lesson.

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Collection by the Numbers

1,895
TITLES
29,120
SEGMENTED CLIPS
1,582 Hours
OF PROGRAMMING
343
CATEGORIES

Collection Highlights

U.S. Government: How It Works – a comprehensive six-part series that explores key aspects of U.S. government and public policy.

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The Curse of Osama: Culture and Geopolitics in the Post-9/11 Age – a five-hour series that investigates the effect al Qaeda and its affiliates have had on the Islamic world, the global community, and millions of innocent people.

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Poverty in America – a six-part series that combines scholarly analysis with a human-centered approach to look at the causes and effects of economic hardship in the U.S., while suggesting ways for society to combat the cycle of poverty.

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Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks – from HBO, a searing account of the horrific events when members of an Islamic terrorist group stormed into the Paris offices of the satiric weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people and injuring 11 others before also killing a police officer.




Due Process: Understanding the U.S. Criminal Justice System – the essential introductory series that outlines the basics of crime, law, enforcement, and the court system.

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More than 100 titles from The Bill Moyers Collection on topics such as gun control, drone wars, partisan politics, fiscal policy, and much more, such as the Emmy Award-winning Buying the War.

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American Umpire – a thought-provoking documentary about U.S. foreign policy that chronicles how the United States became the world’s policeman and questions how long we must continue to play this role.




Immigration Battle – a PBS documentary examining the hard-fought battles and secret negotiations over immigration reform on Capitol Hill, including the Obama administration’s push for policy changes that could impact the fate of millions and define what it means to be American for decades to come.




What Are We Doing Here? Why Western Aid Hasn't Helped Africa – multiple-award-winning documentary that follows four young Americans as they experience firsthand the scope and intractability of Africa’s suffering, while aid workers, government officials, and ordinary individuals explore why providing aid is no panacea.

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Bitter Harvest: The War on Drugs Meets the War on Terror – a fascinating episode of the Wide Angle documentary series that examines the uneasy relationship between forces aligned against the Taliban and the drug lords who control cultivation of much of the world’s heroin.

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Equal Justice Under Law: Landmark Cases in Supreme Court History – the classic six-part series that investigates the role of the Supreme Court by looking at landmark cases that set major precedents.

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All titles are segmented into short, pedagogical clips, ideal for intermittent use during classroom lectures. For classwork viewing, students can choose to watch an entire film without interruption. Titles within the collection are sorted across 13 distinct, browsable subject categories (e.g., Political Institutions, International Relations, Constitutional Foundations, Civil Liberties & Civil Rights), enabling refined searches for available titles in specific topic areas.






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