Government and Politics A level

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Description

This course provides an introduction to the study of politics, examines the way the UK is governed within the context of the European Union and considers the changing nature of the UK political system.

Components and/or options

  • Government and Politics A2
  • Government and Politics AS

Interested in learning how the country is governed? Intrigued by political systems and how they work?

A level Government and Politics provides an excellent introduction to the study of politics. It looks at how the UK is governed, both at home and within the context of the European Union, and considers the changing nature of the UK political system.

The A2 materials explores the key political issues that …

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This course provides an introduction to the study of politics, examines the way the UK is governed within the context of the European Union and considers the changing nature of the UK political system.

Components and/or options

  • Government and Politics A2
  • Government and Politics AS

Interested in learning how the country is governed? Intrigued by political systems and how they work?

A level Government and Politics provides an excellent introduction to the study of politics. It looks at how the UK is governed, both at home and within the context of the European Union, and considers the changing nature of the UK political system.

The A2 materials explores the key political issues that have shaped political debate in the UK in the context of European integration.

Government and Politics A level Benefits

  • Deepen your general understanding of politics and its significance in the modern world.
  • Think about and evaluate issues in a balanced and logical way.
  • Understand that politics is central to the developments and processes that are shaping our societies and personal lives today.
  • Stimulate your interest in different areas of the subject.
  • Develop the ability to interpret and apply evidence from different sources and reach appropriate and credible conclusions.
  • Encourage you to consider the strengths and limitations of different political systems, and how specific systems might be improved.
  • Demonstrate the importance of studying different perspectives in order to appreciate the complexity of issues and the difficulty of reaching definitive conclusions.

Topics include

  • Unit 1: People and politics
  • Unit 2: Governing the UK
  • Unit 3: Key Themes in Political Analysis (Option C: Representative processes in the USA)
  • Unit 4: Extended Themes in Political Analysis (Option C: Governing the USA)

Entry requirements and hours of study

  • No formal qualifications are required, but essay-writing skills are advisable.
  • You should allow 150 hours of study for the AS and 150 hours for the A2, plus extra time for completing assignments.

Specification

EDEXCEL, AS:8GP01, A2:9GP01

Recommended texts

You will need to buy the following essential textbooks:

AS: Edexcel Government and Politics for AS, by Neil McNaughton, 3rd edition, Hodder 2010 (ISBN 9781444113273)

A2: American Politics and Society, by D. Mackay, 7th edition, Blackwell

Coursework

No coursework. Two written exams for the AS, each 1hr20mins and worth 80 marks. Two written exams for the A2, each 1hr30mins and worth 45 marks.

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