Politics is an A-level subject only and all DC students can opt to study the subject post-16 without pre-requisites. The Politics Department is housed in the school’s ‘A’ Block, the department is well resourced, containing a Politics library and with all classrooms featuring interactive whiteboards. There are currently four members of the department, all of whom are also specialist historians. Politics has a good track record of achievement in recent public exams.
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 also be expected to become familiar with the post-1945 historical context of UK and global Politics. Students will engage in discussions and debates, give presentations and complete written assignments, some of which will involve independent research. We expect our students to become increasingly engaged in UK and global political issues (applying their learning to the world around them) demonstrating this engagement by participating actively in lessons throughout the year.
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 all students formal study of the subject will be completely new and this should serve to make the subject especially 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 global dimension 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.
Method of Assessment
Each unit will be assessed via a two hour written examination.
A study of 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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