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SUBJECT OVERVIEW

Students will study AQA’s brand new GCE Politics curriculum from September 2017.  The course will enable students to develop a wide range of skills including the ability to comprehend, synthesise and interpret political information; analyse and evaluate political knowledge; identify connections, similarities and differences between the areas studied; select relevant material and construct and communicate arguments clearly and coherently using appropriate political vocabulary.  In an ever-changing world, A level politics provides an engaging, thought-provoking and current perspective upon British and American politics as well as political ideologies.


GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF THE UK

Students will study each of the prescribed sections below.

● The nature and sources of the British Constitution

● The structure and role of Parliament

● The Prime Minister and Cabinet

● The judiciary

● Devolution


THE POLITICS OF THE UK

Students will study each of the prescribed sections below.

● Democracy and participation

● Elections and referendums

● Political parties

● Pressure groups

● The European Union


GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF THE USA

Students will study each of the prescribed sections below.

● The constitutional framework of US government

● The legislative branch of government: Congress

● The executive branch of government: President

● The judicial branch of government

● The electoral process and direct democracy

● Political parties

● Pressure groups

● Civil rights


COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Students will study the following three theoretical approaches to the study of comparative politics:


 • structural • rational • cultural


Students will use the above theoretical approaches to analyse key similarities and differences between the USA and UK and evaluate the extent to which they exp_lain these similarities and differences.


POLITICAL IDEAS


DEPARTMENT STAFF

Mr I Kelly

Mrs V Gray


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