Politics is frequently a controversial topic of conversation. Some are disenchanted with the political system claiming that it is full of greedy, self-serving corruption; others are more hopeful and say that people go into politics to strive for genuine change for the people they are elected to represent. Wherever you stand, the study of Government and Politics will enrich your understanding of how the UK is organised and run. This subject also helps to develop a range of transferable skills that are desirable in a variety of professional and managerial careers, in or beyond the field of politics. You will find opportunities to focus on both written and
verbal skills needed to present and discuss opinions critically and draw logical conclusions.
Unit 1: People and Politics
This topic looks at political behaviour in the UK. It explores how people’s different patterns of participation can be explained, including the importance of voting behaviour, the influence of electoral systems and the controversies surrounding the use of referendums. You will also study the main institutions through which people’s participation is achieved: political parties and pressure groups.
Unit 2: Governing the UK
This unit focuses on the process of governing the UK exploring how power is dispersed from local to European levels. In addition the unit looks at the extent to which Britain’s unique constitution regulates the process of government and maintains the balance between individual rights and the power of the state. The role of Westminster in providing a democratic element in government is examined as well as the degree to which power rests in the hands of unelected bureaucrats.
Unit 3: Politics in the USA
The electoral process and direct democracy, U.S. political parties, voting behaviour and pressure groups.
Unit 4: Government of the USA
The constitutional framework of the US Government, The US Congress, The Executive Branch of the Government, The Judicial Branch of Government: The
Students will be expected to keep up-to-date with current issues in politics. Tasks will also be set to consider the big issues in politics that are studied throughout the course.
level 3 Sixth Form
Mr. H. Lee