AS OCR Contemporary Politics, Summer task 2011<br />The politics exam in the Summer will be made up of 5 key units:<br />P...
1b – Usually involves using the sources and your own knowledge to compose a discussion based upon a statement in the quest...
2 – Usually involves you in composing a discussion based on your knowledge and understanding of political parties and pres...
Section B: Electoral systems and referendums, UK parliamentary elections and voting behaviour in the UK, (choose one quest...
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  1. 1. AS OCR Contemporary Politics, Summer task 2011<br />The politics exam in the Summer will be made up of 5 key units:<br />Political parties (mandatory) <br />Pressure groups (mandatory) <br />Electoral systems and referendums <br />UK parliamentary elections <br />Voting behaviour in the UK <br />Exam questions are marked under the following three criteria:<br />AO1: Knowledge and understanding of political concepts/theories/institutions and processes<br />AO2: Analysis and evaluation<br />AO3: Communication and coherence<br />Structure of the Exam:<br />Section A: Political parties and Pressure groups, (three questions, no choices)<br /><ul><li>1a - Using the sources and your own knowledge to describe and explain. (12 marks). This questions tests AO1, Spend no more than 10 minutes.
  2. 2. 1b – Usually involves using the sources and your own knowledge to compose a discussion based upon a statement in the question, “….discuss the view that…..” (28 marks). AO1:12 A02:12 AO3:4, Spend no more than 25 minutes.
  3. 3. 2 – Usually involves you in composing a discussion based on your knowledge and understanding of political parties and pressure groups. (30 marks) AO1:12 A02:12 AO3:6, Spend no more than 25 minutes.
  4. 4. Section B: Electoral systems and referendums, UK parliamentary elections and voting behaviour in the UK, (choose one question from a choice of three)
  5. 5. The three questions usually each refer to an area of potential controversy and involve you in composing a discussion based on your knowledge and understanding. (30 marks) AO1:12 A02:12 AO3:6, Spend no more than 25 minutes.</li></ul>5 minutes to read through your answers.<br />Total: 90 minutes<br />Over the Summer you need to order the following text book:<br />AS UK Government and Politics: Textbook by Philip Lynch Philip Lynch (Author) <br />You need to complete notes on the 5 key topics that you will be examined on. In this booklet you have a tick list of the key topics you need to cover. This will need to be completed before we start the Politics course in September.<br />› Visit Amazon's Philip Lynch Page<br />Find all the books, read about the author, and more.<br />See search results for this author name <br />Are you an Author? Learn about Author Central <br />Political Parties<br />Key topics:<br /><ul><li>Political parties
  6. 6. Party systems
  7. 7. Funding political parties
  8. 8. Parties and the democratic process
  9. 9. Key developments within and relating to political parties.</li></ul>A) Revision notesTick when complete<br />1.1: Development of political parties<br />1.1: Functions of political parties<br />1.2: One party system<br />1.2: Two party system<br />1.2: Multi-party system<br />1.2: Dominant party system<br />1.2: Advantages of different party systems<br />1.2: Disadvantages of different party systems<br />1.2: The UK party system<br />1.3: Party funding of the three main parties<br />1.3: Issues surrounding party funding<br />1.3: Proposals for reform of party funding<br />1.4: Origin and structure of the Labour party<br />1.4: Labour party ideology<br />1.4: Labour party membership, conferences and election of leaders.<br />1.4: Origin and structure of the Conservative party<br />1.4: Conservative party ideology<br />1.4: Conservative party membership, conferences and election of leaders.<br />1.4: Origin and structure of the Liberal party<br />1.4: Liberal party ideology<br />1.4: Liberal party membership, conferences and election of leaders.<br />1.4: Positive impact of political parties<br />1.4: Criticisms of political parties<br />1.5: Key developments in political parties.<br />Pressure groups<br />Key topics:<br />1.1 Pressure groups<br />1.2 Methods of pressure groups<br />1.3 Impact and success of pressure groups<br />1.4 Pressure groups and the democratic process<br />1.5 Key developments within and relating to pressure groups.<br />A) Revision notesTick when complete<br />1.1 Types of pressure groups (Include case studies of four different pressure groups)<br />1.1 Positive role of pressure groups<br />1.1 Negative role of pressure groups<br />1.2 Direct approaches of pressure groups<br />1.2 Indirect approaches of pressure groups<br />1.2 Pressure groups and the executive<br />1.2 Pressure groups and the legislature<br />1.2 Pressure groups and the courts<br />1.2 Pressure groups and the EU<br />1.2 pressure groups and coalitions with others<br />1.3 Examples of pressure group success<br />1.3 Factors influencing the success of pressure groups<br />1.3 Examples of pressure group failure<br />1.3 factors influencing the success of pressure groups<br />1.4 Positive impact of pressure groups on the democratic process<br />1.4 Negative impact of pressure groups on the democratic process<br />1.4 View of Pluralist, Corporatism, New Right and Marxist theory towards pressure groups<br />1.5 Key developments in pressure groups <br />Electoral systems and referendums AND UK parliamentary elections<br />Key topics:<br />Electoral systems and referendums:<br />1.1 Function of elections and referendums<br />1.2 Different electoral systems<br />1.3 Electoral systems in the UK<br />1.4 Electoral reform in the UK<br />1.5 Referendums<br />1.6 Contribution of elections and referendums to the democratic process.<br />UK Parliamentary elections:<br />2.1 How general elections work<br />2.2 General election campaigns<br />2.3 Recent general elections (2001-2010)<br />2.4 Nature and significance of by-elections<br />2.5 British parliamentary elections and their contribution to the democratic process.<br />A) Revision notesTick when complete<br />Electoral systems and referendums:<br />1.1 Purpose of elections<br />1.1 Purpose of referendums<br />1.2 Majority system: First past the post <br />1.2 Majority system: Alternative vote <br />1.2 Majority system: Supplementary vote <br />1.2 Majority system: Second ballot <br />1.2 PR system: List <br />1.2 PR system: Single transferable vote<br />1.2 PR system: Additional member<br />1.3 General election system<br />1.3 Devolved assemblies system<br />1.3 Local election system<br />1.3 European election system<br />1.4 Advantages of British electoral system (FPTP)<br />1.4 Disadvantages of British electoral system <br />1.4 Advantages of other voting systems<br />1.4 disadvantages of other voting systems<br />1.4 Conservative attitudes towards electoral reform<br />1.4 Labour attitudes towards electoral reform<br />1.4 Liberal Democrat views towards electoral reform<br />1.4 The Jenkins Report and reaction to it<br />1.5 Types of referendums<br />1.5 Arguments in favour of referendums<br />1.5 Arguments against referendums<br />1.6 Criticisms of elections <br />1.6 Developments in the electoral system<br />UK Parliamentary elections:<br />2.1: How and why are elections held?<br />2.1: Who can stand for election and who can vote?<br />2.1: How are candidates selected for the Labour Party? <br />2.1: How are candidates selected for the Conservative Party? <br />2.1: How are candidates selected for the Liberal Democrat Party? <br />2.2: Party strategies are elections<br />2.2: Party Manifestos<br />2.2: Party national and local campaigns<br />2.2: Role of mass media in election campaigns<br />2.2: Opinion polls in election campaigns<br />2.2: Funding of general elections<br />2.3: 2001 General Election: Explanation of winners/losers<br />2.3: 2005 General Election: Explanation of winners/losers<br />2.3: 2010 General Election: Explanation of winners/losers<br />2.4: Nature and significance of by-elections<br />2.5: Party view on electoral reform and issues surrounding it<br />Voting behaviour in the UK<br />Key topics:<br />1.1 Factors associated with voting behaviour<br />1.2 Models of voting behaviour<br />1.3 Trends in voting behaviour<br />1.4 Key developments relating to voting behaviour<br />A) Revision notesTick when complete<br />1.1 Impact of class, age, gender, ethnicity, religion<br />1.1 Impact of regional voting<br />1.1 Impact of party identification<br />1.1 Impact of recent and future purpose<br />1.1 Impact of party principles<br />1.1 Impact of party leadership<br />1.1 Impact of party image<br />1.1 Impact of mass media<br />1.1 Impact of election campaign<br />1.2 Social structures model<br />1.2 Party identification model<br />1.2 Rational choice model<br />1.2 Dominant ideology model<br />1.2 Voting context model<br />1.3 Party support for parties<br />1.3 Turnout and abstention at elections<br />1.3 trends in tactical voting<br />1.3 trends in protest voting<br />1.4 Developments in voting behaviour <br />

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