Government and Politics

The Government & Politics Department at Dubai College has a track record of outstanding achievement in public exams at A-level. The Government & Politics Department is housed in the school’s ‘A’ Block and is well resourced, with all classrooms featuring interactive whiteboards. There are currently four 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 a deep knowledge of contemporary politics and a mastery of the skills required to conduct complex political analysis. They will engage in discussions and formal debates, 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 that enables students to develop analytical and evaluative skills that can be applied across a range of disciplines and the subject content fits particularly well with the course content of 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 UK political process and the structures of the UK political system, they will learn the rules governing politics in the UK and the specific roles and powers of the different branches of the UK government, alongside various other aspects of the UK’s democracy. Students will also learn about the political ideologies of Conservatism, Liberalism, Socialism and Nationalism and what these systems of thought have to say about human nature, the state, society and the economy.

In Year 13 students will develop an understanding of the international and global dimensions of political activity. They will study the modern state in the context of globalisation and the nature of power in the international system.  They will learn about the political and economic structures of global governance and they will engage with the significant challenges facing our complex world, including terrorism, poverty, economic instability, weapons proliferation, failing states and environmental degradation. 

Unit

Title

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

 

 

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

 

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.

 

Method of Assessment

Each unit will be assessed via a two hour written examination.

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: Director of Extra-curricular Activities, Teacher of History and Government & Politics
Matthew Rushworth

Matthew Rushworth

Titles: Head of History and Government & Politics