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I don’t do politics 2010


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I don’t do politics 2010

  1. 1. “ I don’t do Politics” Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the possibility that we may live our entire lives without going to war or sending our children to war. – Tony Blair History Geography Politics Philosophy & Ethics h Humanities
  2. 2. <ul><li>Students who have an interest in the world around them – ones who want to know more about the society they live in, how it works and how it could work. </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy debate, discussion and argument – ones who are comfortable with the fact that in politics there are no simple ‘rights’ or ‘wrongs’. </li></ul><ul><li>Like to think for themselves – ones who want to develop their own views, rather than accept the views of others </li></ul>Who should consider this option? Truth is not determined by majority vote.  ~Doug Gwyn History Geography Politics Philosophy & Ethics h Humanities
  3. 3. Why should I consider this option? <ul><li>It would be an excellent choice at AS level for those going on to take a predominantly Science package at A2 (for example those thinking of a career in Medicine) </li></ul><ul><li>It would be a suitable subject to complement subjects such as History, Economics and Geography and would enhance the understanding of these subjects. </li></ul><ul><li>It would be a valuable addition for students putting together a balanced package in order to keep their options open. </li></ul><ul><li>It would be an appropriate choice for those considering a career in Law, the Media, Journalism, Management, the Civil Service, local or national government or , of course, as Prime-Minister. </li></ul>Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession.  I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.  ~Ronald Reagan History Geography Politics Philosophy & Ethics h Humanities
  4. 4. What will I study in this subject at AS? <ul><li>This subject introduces students to the study of politics by looking at the central ideas of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>citizenship, democracy, rights and political participation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We examine the representative processes in the UK and also provide an introduction to the major institutions of UK government. </li></ul><ul><li>We examine their relationships with one another and considers their effectiveness. </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, we examine key issues affecting the development of the UK system and consider the impact and desirability of political and constitutional change. </li></ul>Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities - Voltaire History Geography Politics Philosophy & Ethics h Humanities
  5. 5. Course content <ul><li>The 2008 specification (first examination Jan 2009) has changed </li></ul>Unit 1: People and Politics (NCD) Democracy and Political Participation Party Policies and Ideas Elections Pressure Groups Unit 2: Governing the UK (MBF) The Constitution Parliament The Prime Minister and the Cabinet Judges and Civil Liberties AS Unit 1 = 50% of AS 25% of total GCE Examined in January and retakes available in June + Unit 2 = 50% of AS 25% of total GCE Examined in June with retakes available in January of A2 History Geography Politics Philosophy & Ethics h Humanities
  6. 6. Key point ! <ul><li>The exam board encourages the use of current political events (today’s news stories!), and consideration of ethical, social and cultural issues as illustrative material and as a stimulus to understanding. Each term we will have a big debate on an important issue and each student will get the chance to lead this. </li></ul><ul><li>We also operate a Politics BLOG! </li></ul>“ Anyone who enjoys being in the House of Commons needs psychiatric help” (Ken Livingstone) History Geography Politics Philosophy & Ethics h Humanities
  7. 7. Taking it on to A2 <ul><li>Unit 3: Structures of Global Politics </li></ul><ul><li>World Order </li></ul><ul><li>Approaches to Global Politics </li></ul><ul><li>European Union & Regionalism </li></ul><ul><li>Global Governance </li></ul><ul><li>Unit 4: Global Political Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict, War and Terror </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty and Development </li></ul><ul><li>Human Rights </li></ul><ul><li>Global Environmental Issues </li></ul>History Geography Politics Philosophy & Ethics h Humanities
  8. 8. Arrangements <ul><li>This course is open to pupils from Abbeyfield Schools and beyond. </li></ul><ul><li>“ You should never have your best trousers on when you go out to fight for truth and justice” (Henrik Ibsen) </li></ul>History Geography Politics Philosophy & Ethics h Humanities