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Politics

Promoting an understanding of the systems of power and governance in today’s society, A-Level Politics is a fascinating introduction to contemporary issues that are highly relevant and important to the leaders of the future.

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Course Description.

By law, you must be in some form of education until the age of 18, you cannot drive a car until you are 17, but you may join the army at 16. Fair? So who gets to decide what you can and can’t do?

Politics is about power. Politics is about individuals and people. Politics is about current affairs. Whether we like it or not, it affects everything we do.

This course begins by looking at the foundations of the UK Government. Some of the key themes we will explore and debate include:

  • Who has power?
  • What role does the monarchy play?
  • What power do we, the people, have?
  • Who checks those in charge?
  • What powers do Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have?
  • How democratic is our democratic government?

 

We will then compare this to another democratic country, the USA. How did Donald Trump win the 2016 election, when more people voted for Hillary Clinton?

Finally, politics is about what is happening. But it is also about ideas about what should happen. So the third aspect of this course looks at different political thinkers: what are their ideals about how power should be shared?

This course will especially interest those who have a passion for current affairs.  A-level Politics works well alongside many of our other subjects, in particular; History, Sociology and Psychology.

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