Politics is a fascinating subject to study; Cicero called it "History on the wing". It is a fast moving subject and always changing. Who would have imagined that we would have coalition government in the UK or that a Scottish Nationalist administration in Edinburgh would be looking to seek a referendum on independence for Scotland? Politics helps you understand how the world is shaped.
The Department offers the AQA 'A' Level course in Government and Politics. The course involves studying four modules; the two 'AS' modules focus on British politics whilst the two 'A2' modules cover American politics. There is no coursework and the four examinations are spread throughout the two years of study. Lessons are lively with lots of opportunity to participate in debate. Topics covered at 'AS' include participation and voting behaviour; electoral systems and pressure groups and protest movements. We also study the British Constitution and judiciary, the core executive and Parliament. At 'A2' we examine the role of political parties, elections and voting, the US Constitution, Congress, the presidency and the Supreme Court.
In recent years we have had Department visits to London to tour Parliament and to Edinburgh to see the Scottish Parliament. Politics students have also participated alongside History students in the USA trip to New York and Washington D.C.