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Head of Department - Miss M T Rembert
Almost every decision you take involves politics at some level; it is the desire to comprehend more fully the actions and reactions of the people who form our society which is the greatest reason to consider taking Politics at A level. The study of Politics is an opportunity to develop your own response to two fundamental questions of Western intellectual history; first, who should govern, and second, how should they do so? Government and Politics produces students who are confident debating, constructing coherent arguments, and drawing parallels between everyday experience and political theory. The course should appeal not only to those interested in the challenges of the twenty-first century world but also to those who enjoy philosophy, history, forming their own ideas and, of course, debate and discussion.
In the Lower Sixth, the course develops an understanding of contemporary politics in the UK. This will involve investigating the key elements of British politics, with a particular focus on the role of Parliament and the Prime Minister. Students will also be introduced into the ideology of the main political parties, the UK election system, and the role of pressure groups.
In Upper Sixth students may study the US political system, or political ideologies and their role in contemporary politics. The former will involve investigating the effectiveness of Congress and an assessment of the Democrats and Republicans, as well as an analysis of the role of the Presidency. The latter takes students through the most influential political philosophers and ideologies, and considers how these ideas still influence political thinking and society today.