Some people 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. Wherever you stand, the Politics course will help you understand how the UK and US are governed and how citizens on both sides of the Atlantic participate in the political process.
This subject helps to develop a range of transferable skills essential 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.
Component 1: Politics and Participation
This topic looks at political behaviour in the UK. It explores how different patterns of participation can be explained, including voting behaviour, the influence of electoral systems and the controversies surrounding the use of referendums. You will also study the main channels of influencing the decisions of government: joining a pressure group, using social media, supporting a political party and voting.
Component 2: UK Government
This unit focuses on the process of governing the UK exploring how power is dispersed from local to European levels. The unit also 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.
Component 3: Comparative Politics The US constitution was designed and agreed upon at the early stages of the US as an independent country. We will have a chance
to consider how the US is run and how US citizens participates in politics through content areas including: The constitution and federalism, Congress, presidency and Civil rights. We will compare and contrast the different methods of government between the UK and the US.
As part of components 1 and 2, students will study 4 political ideologies and their influence: Conservatism, Socialism, Liberalism and either Nationalism or Feminism.
Students will be expected to keep up-to-date with current issues in politics. The course will also involve preparing for discussions outside of lessons by learning about the process of politics.
level 3 Sixth Form entry requirements
Mr H Lee