Students will study participation in political life especially in British political institutions, the UK Government, three core political ideologies and one contemporary ideology. Students will also study and the US Government and Politics.
Component 1: Political Participation
Democracy – Different types of Democracy and how Democracy works in the UK
Elections – Functions, types, impact and significance of elections
Political Parties – Structures of political parties and their ideas
Pressure groups – You will examine the structure and aims of many pressure groups, e.g. Greenpeace
Component 2: UK Government
Constitution – The UK’s ‘unwritten’ constitution and issues with reform
Parliament – The functions and importance of parliament. Is Parliament out of date?
Government – The role of the PM and PM leadership style
Judges – Judicial independence and the impartiality of the law
Rights in the UK and Human Rights Act
Ideologies – Liberalism, Conservatism, and Socialism
Component 3: Comparative Politics, US Government and Politics