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Politics

Politics

Politics is a lively subject, full of personalities and controversies. We in the Politics Department, aim to help the pupils develop an understanding of political ideas and concepts. In the Lower Sixth, we focus on how the UK political system works; the institutions of government, how it is elected and the limits of power that it exercises over its citizens. This is followed in the Upper Sixth with the study and analysis of a number of ideologies, and a course on global politics.

Lessons are an exchange of ideas and opinions, and involve debate and discussion. They provide the girls with the opportunity to get fully involved in the understanding of complex issues and ensure they are able to develop the skills of structured essay writing and effective presentation of their knowledge which will be necessary for their examinations.

Making the right choice

Although most pupils begin the A Level course with no previous knowledge of Politics, we believe it is important that, at the time they are making their choices, they are interested in current affairs and News, and it is expected that they regularly read newspapers, watch News programmes such as Newsnight, and that they have a keen desire to know more about the way we are governed. The work is quite demanding and they will need to be committed to keeping up with developments in Westminster and further afield.

Staff

Politics is run by Ms F Barton, supported by Mr P Glavin and Mr D Bryson. 

The Politics department is housed in F16 in the Gloucester wing of the school and is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and its own up-to-date politics library.

Curriculum

In the Lower Sixth (Year 12 - AS Level) we study British Politics and in the Upper Sixth (Year 13 - A2 Level) we focus on Political Ideologies (Route B) and Global Politics (Route D).

In the Lower Sixth two units are covered: Unit 1 looking at People and Politics (including such topics as Electoral systems and Pressure Groups); and Unit 2 focusing on Governing the United Kingdom (covering the topics of the UK constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Judiciary).

In the Upper Sixth two further units are taken. The major political ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism, are studied in Unit 3 and in Unit 4. Conflict, human rights and poverty are a few of the topics covered in the Global Politics course. A2 politics is more focussed on concepts, ideas and theories and aims to stretch students in their thinking about the nature of mankind and the organisation of society. 

Beyond The Classroom

The Lower Sixth visit the Houses of Parliament at the beginning of the year, and are given an extensive tour of both Houses. The Upper Sixth attend an annual Politics conference in December, hearing speakers from the front benches on both sides of the floor.

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