HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: MR J STYPINSKI BA (York), PGCE (Bath)
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COURSE CONTENT IN RHETORIC I
GOV1P: People, Politics and Participation
This unit primarily concentrates on how the citizen influences the governmental process through political participation through the voting procedure, membership of political parties and other forms of political activity. The different types of electoral system and true function of elections are also examined.
GOV2P: Governing Modern Britain
This unit explores the theory and practice of UK government and examines Britain’s key institutions such as Westminster and devolved parliaments and assemblies. The role of the European Union in Britain’s governance, the nature of the office of Prime Minister and the question of whether the UK is creeping into a presidential style of government are among topics discussed.
COURSE CONTENT IN RHETORIC II
This unit examines the dominant political philosophies in the western world today: conservatism, fascism, liberalism and socialism. It examines how each of these political philosophies interpret the relationship of the individual and the state and the concepts of rights and responsibilities.
The unit is assessed by one ninety minute examination that covers the material taught in this unit as well as in the two units in Rhetoric I.
GOV4B: Political Issues – Ideologies in Action
The application of the theoretical ideas explored in GOV3B is explored here. Issues such as ethnicity and gender, the environment, education and the economy are all examined. The views of those ideologies listed above are related to the areas under investigation and to the changing philosophical landscape of the political parties in Britain.
The unit is assessed by one ninety minute examination that covers the material taught in this unit as well as in the two units in Rhetoric II.
Students will learn:
- How to select information and understand the causes and consequences of events
- To synthesise different arguments
- That differing perspectives can be valid
- To make decisions about which views they credit the most
- How to structure and support an argument
- To demonstrate great flexibility as the changing nature of events means that conclusions reached during the course may be challenged or invalidated by developments.
- Model United Nations
Higher education and career prospects
Politics can be studied as a single subject and combined with many other courses at university.
The successful study of politics can be used to display an interest in the fast-changing world we live in. It can be used to display flexibility in understanding situations from different perspectives. As such, it is a skill-based subject that can make an individual attractive to potential employers. It can also be used as a stepping stone to enhance understanding of and participation in the various communities in which we live.