Government and Politics

The Government & Politics Department at Dubai College has a track record of outstanding achievement in public exams at A-level. The History Department is housed in the school’s ‘A’ Block and is well resourced, with all classrooms featuring interactive whiteboards. There are currently five members of the Government & Politics Department, all of whom are also specialist historians.

The department places an emphasis on teacher’s specialist subject knowledge and all teachers maintain an up-to-date knowledge of, and interest in, UK and global politics. Teachers are also very focused on the transmission of A-level study skills, with a particular focus on essay writing. The department aims to teach beyond the core curriculum and to stretch and challenge the most able students by making appropriate links to knowledge and concepts outside of the courses.

Students are expected to acquire an increasing depth of knowledge of contemporary politics and an increasing mastery of the skills that pertain to political analysis. They will engage in discussion (both group based and teacher led), give presentations and complete written assignments, some of which will involve independent research. We expect our students to become increasingly engaged in ongoing UK and global political issues (applying their learning to the world around them) and to bring this understanding into our discussions in lessons. Students should become increasingly confident in their understanding of the post-Cold War historical context of contemporary global politics and the post-1945 context of UK Politics.

Sixth Form

Government and Politics is an ideal choice for anyone interested in learning about current affairs and the world around them. It is a subject where students are able to develop their analytical and evaluative skills and hence fits well with a range of other subjects across the curriculum, especially History and Economics.

For almost all students the study of the subject will be completely new and this serves to make the subject both interesting and informative.

In Year 12 students will study the nature of politics and how people engage in the political process in the UK. Students will also learn about core political ideas and principles and how they apply in practice to human nature, the state, society and the economy. They will be introduced to the set of rules governing politics in the UK and to the specific roles and powers of the different major branches of UK government.

In Year 13 students will develop an understanding of the local, national, international and global dimensions of political activity. They will engage with the significant challenges facing our complex world, including global terrorism, poverty, economic instability, weapons proliferation, failing states and environmental degradation. Global politics encourages discussion and debate and requires students to study and present different global perspectives as well as interpreting competing and contestable claims.

Unit

Title

Method Of Assessment

Marks

1

UK Politics

Political Participation, students will study: democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media

Core Political Ideas, students will study: conservatism, liberalism, socialism

Written examination:

2 hours

33 1/3%

2

UK Government

UK Government, students will study: the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between branches.

Optional Political Ideas, students will study: nationalism

Written examination:

2 hours

33 1/3%

3

Global

Global, students will study: theories of global politics, sovereignty and globalisation, global governance, human rights and the environment, regionalism and the European Union.

Written examination:

2 hours

33 1/3%

For further information about the course, please click on the following link:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/politics-2017.html

Career Prospects

A study of Government and Politics provides significant insights into the workings of the modern world as well as honing students’ powers of communication and analysis and as such it lends itself to several career paths. Relevant careers would include government, the media, law, business, international charitable organisations and education.

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Meet the staff

Emma Caunt

Emma Caunt

Titles: Teacher of History and Government & Politics
Richard Dennis

Richard Dennis

Titles: Teacher of History and Government & Politics
Matthew Rushworth

Matthew Rushworth

Titles: Head of History and Politics
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