This course is dynamic and modern, studying politics at an advanced level including
topics such as protest and dissent, the power of the mass media, the monarchy, nationalism
and voting behaviour. The course examines concepts such as power, freedom, democracy,
class, toleration and citizenship.
Students will engage with contemporary politics, reflecting current political debates
such as where does power really lie and why the number of people voting in elections
is declining. It will broaden political awareness and open up a wide range of careers,
whilst developing critical thinking skills, analysis of the changing dynamics of
modern politics and the ability to interpret, evaluate and comment.
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At AS the specification gives students a broad understanding of the UK political
system, including the role of elections, political parties and pressure groups and
how policy is made : Political parties, UK ethics, Voting behaviour, pressure groups,
the executive, the judiciary , the legislative, EU (2 x 1.5hr exams)
At A2 the specification covers issues which are central to the study of modern politics,
including US politics, the environment, ideologies, globalisation, power, devolution
and the EU: The Government of the USA, Ideologies or politics and power, the politics
of the USA, political Issues, ideologies and action or perspectives on modern politics
(2 x 2hr exams)