Politics

Year 12 of the A level politics course focuses on UK politics and political ideologies.

The topics covered include:

Democracy and participation: including Current systems of representative democracy and direct democracy, A wider franchise and debates over suffrage, Pressure groups and other influences and. Rights in context. UK Elections and Voting including Different electoral systems, Referendums and how they are used and Electoral systems analysis. Political parties including Political parties, Established political parties, Emerging and minor UK political parties and UK political parties in context. Voting Behaviour and Media including Class voting and other social factors influencing voting patterns, Case studies of three key general elections and The influence of the media

The Constitution including The nature and sources of the UK constitution, How the constitution has changed since 1997, The role and powers of devolved bodies in the UK, and the impact of this devolution on the UK and Debates on further reform. UK Prime Minister and Cabinet including The structure, role and powers of the Executive,
The concept of ministerial responsibility and The Prime Minister and the Cabinet. Parliament including The structure and role of the House of Commons and House of Lords, The comparative powers of the House of Commons and House of Lords, The legislative process and The ways in which Parliament interacts with the Executive. Relations between Institutions including The Supreme Court and its interactions with, and influence over, the legislative and policy-making process, The relationship between the Executive and Parliament, The aims, role and impact of the European Union (EU) on UK government and The location of sovereignty within the UK political system.

Political ideas

Liberalism including Core ideas and principles, and how they relate to human nature, the state, society and economy, Tensions between classical and modern liberalism and Ideas of key thinkers - Locke, Wollstonecraft, Mill, Rawls and Friedan. Conservatism including Core ideas and principles, and how they relate to human nature, the state, society and economy, Tensions between traditional, one nation and new right and Ideas of key thinkers - Hobbes, Burke, Rand, Oakenshott and, Nozick. Socialism including Core ideas and principles, and how they relate to human nature, the state, society and economy, Tensions between revolutionary, social democracy and the third way and Ideas of key thinkers - Marx, Engels, Webb, Luxemburg, Crosland and Giddens

Optional Idea – Nationalism or Feminism, or Anarchism including Core ideas and principles, and how they relate to human nature, the state, society and economy, Tensions between differing types of this ideology and the Ideas of key thinkers

Year 13 of the A level politics course focuses on a comparative study of US politics. The topics covered include:

US Constitution and federalism including The nature of the US Constitution, The principles of the US Constitution and Interpretations and debates around the US Constitution

US Presidency including Formal sources of presidential power as outlined in the US Constitution and their use, Informal sources of presidential power and their use, The presidency and Interpretations and debates of the US presidency.

Electoral systems in the USA including Presidential elections and their significance, Campaign finance and Debates surrounding elections in the USA including the electoral college and the role of incumbency

The key ideas and principles of the Democratic and Republican parties including The distribution of power and changing significance of the parties, The current conflicts and tendencies and changing power and influence that exist within the parties, Coalition of supporters for each party and Debates surrounding party unity, party policy and voting groups

Interest groups in the USA including Their significance, resources, tactics and debates about their impact on democracy

US Supreme Court and civil rights including Nature and role of the Supreme Court, The appointment process for the Supreme Court, The Supreme Court and public policy, The protection of civil liberties and rights in the US today, Race and rights in contemporary US politics and Interpretations and debates of the US Supreme Court and civil rights

US Congress including The structure of Congress, The functions of Congress and Interpretations and debates around Congress

Federalism including The main characteristics of US federalism and Interpretations and debates around the US Constitution and federalism

 

 

Upcoming Events

28 Oct

Inset Day

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30 Oct

W/C Monday 30th October - Year 11 Reports Home

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