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  • Government and Politics

     

    At AS level we study British politics in depth.  Students will develop their knowledge of how elections, political parties, pressure groups, Parliament and the justice system operate in the United Kingdom.  They discuss topics including how we defend our rights, whether elections are fair, whether politicians should interfere with the economy, what influence the media has on government, whether the British Parliament works well, how fair our laws are and whether the justice operates without political influence.

    At A2, we focus on global politics and international relations.  Students develop their knowledge of global power structures since the Cold War, international organisations, human rights, international law, modern wars, terrorism, environment policy and global economic relationships.  They discuss topics including whether the USA is still a superpower, whether globalisation is a good thing, whether organisations like the UN can prevent wars, whether global free trade is a desirable thing, and whether it is possible for there to be functioning international laws and human rights.

    We also have a number of extra-curricular activities, which have recently included the annual tour of Parliament, web-chats with MPs, politics conferences in London and participation in television debates.