A-level Politics

A-level Politics


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The AQA A-level Politics 7152 offers students a chance to understand how political systems work and to critically engage with the ideas, policies, and structures that govern our world. This course focuses on UK and global political structures. Here's a brief overview of what the A-level Politics course typically includes:

The A-level Politics course provides a comprehensive understanding of political systems, political ideologies, and the contemporary political issues impacting the world. This is typically a two-year course that prepares students for further education in political science or other social sciences, and it provides them with a broad understanding of how societies are governed. Here's a more in-depth look at each section of the course:

**Paper 1: The Government and Politics of the UK**

This unit examines the workings of the UK government in detail. You'll study how the country is run, who holds power, and how citizens can influence decision-making. 

Topics covered typically include:

- **The Constitution**: Understanding the rules and principles outlining the powers and structure of the UK government.

- **Parliament**: Studying the structure, role, and effectiveness of the House of Commons and House of Lords.

- **Prime Minister and Executive**: Looking at the role of the Prime Minister, Cabinet, and the broader executive branch.

- **Relations between institutions**: Investigating how well these different branches of government work together.

- **Democracy and Participation**: Assessing how democratic the UK is and how citizens participate in politics.

- **Political Parties**: Exploring the UK's main political parties and their policies.

- **Electoral Systems**: Comparing different systems for electing representatives, and how they affect the UK's political landscape.

- **Voting Behaviour and the Media**: Studying what influences how people vote and the role of traditional and social media in politics.

**Paper 2: The Government and Politics of the USA and Comparative Politics**

This unit compares the governmental and political systems of the UK and the USA, offering insights into the similarities and differences between these two countries.

Topics covered often include:

- **US Constitution and Federalism**: Learning about the foundational document of US government and the division of powers between federal and state governments.

- **US Congress, Presidency, and Supreme Court**: Understanding the roles and powers of these three branches of government.

- **Civil Rights**: Examining the struggle for equal rights for all citizens, particularly focusing on racial and ethnic minorities.

- **Comparative Theories**: Applying different theories to understand and compare the UK and US political systems.

**Paper 3: Political Ideas**

This unit delves into major political ideologies that have shaped the world. Each ideology is dissected to understand its principles, impacts, and key thinkers. 

Core ideologies typically include:

- **Liberalism**: Exploring ideas of freedom, consent of the governed, and the role of the state in protecting individual rights.

- **Conservatism**: Understanding beliefs in tradition, human imperfection, and organic society.

- **Socialism**: Studying concepts of equality, fraternity, and social justice.

- **One additional ideology**: This might include anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, or nationalism, depending on the specific curriculum.

These topics are not only essential for understanding modern politics, but they also help students develop skills in critical thinking, analysis, and argumentation. By the end of the course, students should be equipped to understand and critically engage with the political happenings of their world.