Government and Politics
& English Literature
Aims of the course
- To develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, institutions and processes
- To understand the structures of authority and power within the political system of the UK, and how these may differ from other political systems
- To understand the rights and responsibilities of individuals, and to prepare citizens for active participation in society
- To develop personal effectiveness through a critical awareness of political events and issues, and the skills required to argue a case with relevance and coherence
- To gain a clear understanding of the theories, motives and values that underpin political processes and governmental decision-making and the role of institutions in resolving conflicts and allocating scarce resources
- Learn to think for yourself, develop your own views, discuss, debate and argue
What will I learn?
Unit 1 - People and Politics
This unit introduces you to the key channels of communication between government and the people and encourages you to evaluate the adequacy of existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation.
Unit 2 - Governing the UK
This unit provides an introduction to the major governmental processes within the UK. It encourages you to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions and the relationship amongst them in the context of multilevel governance.
Unit 3A - UK political issues
This unit examines key policy issues in the UK, particularly those that have affected the outcomes of general elections or stimulated wide ranging public debate. Examples include; Social Welfare, Health and Education; Law and Order and Environmental Policy.
Unit 4C Governing the USA
This unit examines the institutional framework of the US government and considers the relationships between its legislative, executive and judicial processes and the health of US federalism
- Following the success of our previous trip to Washington DC, we will be running a visit to Washington and New York in February 2016 to look at the US political system.
- Year 12 annual visit to Parliament with a tour around the Houses of Parliament.
- Access to the pre-chewed politics website to watch the v Textbook resource from home.
- In addition, speakers are invited in to discuss political issues. In recent years the Stratford-upon-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi and George Galloway MP have visited, along with Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party.
- Many girls go onto study the subject at University as a Politics undergraduate course or an International Relations course.
- Politics is also a subject which complements other university courses such as History, Economics, Law and Social Policy.
- Politics as a subject is an entry into a wide range of professions such as Teaching, Finance, Human Resources, the Civil Service and of course as a professional Politician.