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A Level Government and Politics

Politics is about how we are governed. It concerns the ways in which decisions are made with regard to government, state and public affairs; where power lies; how governments and states work; and different theories and practices such as democracy, equality, tyranny and violence. In the course, we look at the activities of political parties and politicians and all sorts of other groups and individuals who take part in political activity and help to shape the society in which we live.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

Few students have a background in GCSE Politics. This is unnecessary, and many students choose the subject because – as with Economics, Law and Sociology – it is a “new”, unfamiliar subject. It is especially suitable for those studying related disciplines such as the ones above and History, but it can work well as a third subject which contrasts with the main A level courses selected. What is needed is an interest in current affairs (or a willingness to develop one), an open-minded appreciation of both sides of an argument and an ability to communicate views clearly on paper. One of the obvious advantages of Politics is that, by reading a newspaper, watching television or consulting the Internet, all sorts of useful examples can be incorporated into one’s knowledge and understanding.

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A Level

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Compulsory:

Edexcel UK Government and Politics for AS/A level Fifth Edition
Mcnaughton

UK Government and Politics for AS/A level (Fifth Edition)
Lynch

Political ideas for A level: Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Feminism, Anarchism
Mcnaughton

Optional:

US Government & Politics Annual Update 2017
Bennett

American Government 101
Sears

Essentials of UK Politics
Heywood

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