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Welcome to A-Level Politics
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Politics is the study of power and decision-making. It is a topic that affects us all: how much we must pay to go to university, who we trade with, how much money we invest in the NHS, even whether we are free to leave home!
To gain a deeper understanding on how decisions are arrived at, Politics involves the study of a country's underlying political system, known as a constitution. Each country has its own kind of system and on the course you will concentrate on the UK constitution, what principles it is based upon and how effective it is.
Politics is also concerned with ideas concerning the ideal society known as ideologies. You will examine and compare the different ‘isms’ such as liberalism, socialism, conservatism, nationalism and ecologism - all of them promoting a different vision of how we should live together.
Finally in the modern World, politics is also a study of the global political system. This involves the study of international organisations such as the European Union and the United Nations and how effectively they deal with such issues as poverty, conflict and the environment.
I hope I have interested you in this rich and diverse and ever changing discipline. If you are interested in current affairs and want to learn more about how societies work then this could be the course for you!
Politics is an interesting blend of history and theory along with current affairs which will help you to understand the world around you at a deeper level. All of us can participate in politics through voting in elections or joining a campaign so this course will develop your knowledge to become a more effective citizen.
The course is closely linked to several careers such as the civil service, journalism, law and local government which is often used as a springboard into national politics!
As an A Level option it complements other humanities subjects well, especially: History, Law, Sociology and Economics.
In the first year you will cover two units:
1) UK politics – including…
* How democratic is the UK? – You will examine how effectively elections work and whether people can exert influence through pressure groups such as Extinction Rebellion.
* Political parties – You will find out what beliefs the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat party hold and what current policies they propose.
* The role of the media – You will examine the power and influence of TV, newspapers and social media.
2) UK Government – including…
* Parliament – You will examine how it works and how effective it is.
* The Prime Minister and Government – You will examine how power is exercised and consider whether the power of the Prime Minister should be limited.
* The Judiciary – You will examine the role of the Supreme Court and the principles that the top judges have to follow.
To get you started:
Introduction to democracy
What is a constitution?
To be good at Politics it's important to keep up to date on current affairs - The following sites are reliable sources on the day's news:
For political opinion on current issues check out these sites:
The following sites give information on topics you study in A Level Politics: