Politics is a broad term which describes the processes and ideas involved in running a state, in our case Britain. The study of politics therefore involves the study of a wide range of issues which affect the government of our country. These issues include looking at the fundamental principles of British democracy and the structure of the British state and constitution; the study of political parties, what these parties stand for and how they operate; the examination of voting behaviour and why people vote for the parties they do; the ‘art’ of politics and how politicians operate and the reasoning behind different political ideologies’.
This paper looks at the workings of the British Political system and asks the key question; how does our democracy work? How far is Britain a true democracy? How do we improve things? Are things changing for the better or worse? Units include:
  • How does the British constitution work?
  • How does Parliament work? How effective is it?
  • How does government work? Who is really in charge?
  • How effective is our voting system?
  • What are political parties? Are they democratic? What do they stand for?
This paper looks at American politics and compares the American system with the British system of government. Units include:
  • The American Constitution
  • How does Congress work? Is it effective?
  • What is the role of the president?
  • How do US elections work?
This paper looks at ‘political philosophy’ and explores the ideas behind the dominant ideologies that influence modern politics. We look at:
  • Socialism
  • Conservatism
  • Liberalism
  • Feminism
  • Anarchism
This course can lead to many careers such as Law, Politics, Civil Service, Political Research. Government and Politics underpin our entire society and how it operates. It teaches us tolerance, fundamental British values and allows us to play a deep and active role in our future.