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Government & Politics
Why study Government & Politics?
What will I study?
Unit 1: People & Politics. This unit introduces students to the key channels of communication between government and the people and encourages them to evaluate the adequacy of existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation. The topics studied are: Democracy and Political Participation, Elections, Political Parties and Pressure Groups.
Unit 2: How is the UK Governed? This unit introduces students to the major governmental processes in the UK. It encourages them to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions, and of the relationship amongst them in the context of multi-level government. The topics studied are: the Constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Judiciary and Civil Liberties.
Unit 3c: Key Themes in Political Analyses: Representative Processes in the USA. Students are introduced to the representative processes underpinning US Politics. This gives an opportunity to apply and extend the concepts studied at AS level to the context of American Politics. Topics studied are: Elections, Political Parties, Pressure Groups and Race & Ethnic Politics.
Unit 4c: Extended Themes in Political Analyses: Governing the USA. This unit further develops students’ understanding of the major governmental processes in the USA. It encouraged critical comparison with the effectiveness of key institutions studied at AS level. Students will examine the role of the Constitution, Congress, Presidency, and the Supreme Court.