SIXTH FORM SUBJECTSAS and A2 LEVEL
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS: AS + A2 LEVEL [EDEXCEL]
Overview of the AS Modules
Unit 1: People and Politics
This unit introduces you to the key channels of communication between government and people. It encourages you to evaluate existing systems for ensuring representative democracy and political participation. Topics include Democracy and Political Participation; Party Policies and Ideology; Elections and Pressure Groups.
Unit 2: Governing the UK
In this unit, key areas of governance will be explored including the Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Judiciary and Civil Liberties. Students will usually be given the opportunity to visit both Parliament and the UK Supreme Court and take part in interactive workshops at both of these venues.
Overview of the A2 Modules
Unit 3: Key Themes in Political Analysis - Representative Processes in the USA
You will develop a knowledge and understanding of the electoral mechanisms used in the USA and their significance. You will be made aware of the factors that explain the outcomes of recent presidential and congressional elections, including voting behaviour and campaign finance.
Unit 4: Extended Themes in Political Analysis – Governing the USA
The unit considers a number of key questions regarding American government. How much power does a US President actually have? To what extent does the American Constitution, with its system of checks and balances and separation of powers, allow for effective government? How successful is Congress in its scrutiny of the executive branch? Why has the role of the Supreme Court become increasingly controversial?
Enrichment in Government and Politics
Alongside the study of the four A-Level units, students will also complete a university-level enrichment module of Political Ideologies. This will explore the intellectual traditions of conservatism, liberalism, socialism, anarchism and multiculturalism as well as focus in on key thinkers such as Aristotle, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Hobbes and Marx.