Welcome to Steve Tansey's Website

Most of the site is designed to be of interest to readers of my books and articles, U3A & WEA students, former undergraduate and postgraduate students

The most used is probably a page devoted to the Poole University of the Third Age Philosophy Workshop. During the health emergency we are meeting on-line.

Newish features are pages Remembering the life of Sue Tansey and one on Free Attractions in Dorset.

Also covered are my textbooks:

For courses on Politics and Philosophy available in Dorset and Bournemouth/Christchurch/ Poole and a record of current and previous courses and lectures I have taught see under COURSE & LECTURES .

Who is Steve Tansey?

 

The principal author of Politics: the Basics and Business, IT and Society is now retired and resident in Sturminster Marshall, near Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England.

For most of my academic career I taught Politics at Bournemouth University and its predecessors - Bournemouth College of Technology, Dorset Institute of Higher Education and Bournemouth Polytechnic. Before that I lectured at the University of Ife, Nigeria - now known as Obafemi Awolowo University - for three years. I have also held part-time or temporary Politics posts at the University of Exeter, the Open University and the WEA. I am proud to have been one of the pioneer tutors for the Open University along with my wife, Sue. Currently I co-ordinate a Philosophy Workshop and from time to time have taught Politics and Philosophy courses at the University of the Third Age. In my career I have also taught Information Technology, Business Studies, Sociology and Liberal Studies! 

Somehow I have accumulated degrees in Government (B.A. Exeter); Politics and Sociology (M.Sc. Birkbeck College, London University); Information Systems and Technology (M.Sc. City University, London) and Management (M. Phil. Bath University of Technology). Therefore I should be knowledgeable, if not wise! Other people have accumulated more degrees - Robert Mugabe apparently had at least six earned degrees: he also was not necessarily wise.

The best thing I ever did was to marry Susan Rider, to whom I was married for 52 years. There is a page on this site remembering her mainly in the words of her children and friends. (In life she modestly vetoed any mention of her on this site - but now I am responding to a request from my children that she should figure on the web).

If any of this strikes a nostalgic note, or if you have queries about the books, please feel free to get in touch.

Confession:

Book cartoon

With acknowledgements to Goodwill Librarian (on facebook).

News

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More Changes to U3A Poole Philosophy Workshop schedule are on this site - the latest was on 1 June. The schedule is subject to amendment and is frequently revised. Please check on this site to ensure you have the latest version. In the Summer term & vacation 2020 we are meeting virtually on Zoom.



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A Turkish Edition of Politics the Basics (5th. ed.) is to be published by Utopya Yayinevi.

A Portuguese translation of Politics: the Basics has now been published in Brazil as Polίtica, Editora Saraiva, Sao Paulo, 1st Brazilian ed., 2016.

 

The Fifth Edition of Politics: the Basics was published by Routledge in September  2014.

Nigel has updated the book and has made some interesting innovations.

If you run a class which might use the book, let us know using the feedback button on this site and we will arrange to send you a free inspection copy.

The fourth edition of Politics: the Basics has been published in  Arabic by the Arab Network for Publishing and Research based in Beirut, Lebanon.

Politics: The Basics, 4th Edition is to be translated by Jiangsu People's Publishing Ltd into Chinese (simplified) for distribution in Mainland China.
Conservative MP Steve Baker puts Politics: the Basics first on his recommended reading list for newcomers to the Conservative Candidates List.

"Politics, Political Theory, Political Philosophy" Thinking Philosophy (U3A Philosophy Network), Summer 2010, 11-14

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