government and politics

The Politics Department aims to:

  • Promote an understanding of UK and US Politics through discussion and evaluation of the two countries' democratic credentials and ideological developments.
  • Provide girls with the ability to talk confidently about current politicial issues and to develop their own political opinions.
  • Equip students with the skills to select, prioritise and deploy up-to-date evidence to produce a logical and well-argued essay.
  • Above all, to inspire girls with a passion for the subject which is pursued outside of the classroom

WHY IS POLITICS EXCITING AT CLSG?

Politics is constantly changing, and this is reflected through the lessons and their delivery. Not only are girls enthused by the subject because it allows them to make sense of the world around them, but because their directed wider reading allows them to contribute to the direction and content of the lessons. Election times create a particular buzz around the school; the whole schools gets involved in mock elections and this is led by the experts studying Politics in the Sixth Form.

As such, Politics is a popular option at A Level and a large number of girls each year go on to read Politics and related degrees at university.

COURSE CONTENT

Sixth Form

In Year 12 we focus on the British political system. Unit 1 looks at democracy, political parties, elections and pressure groups. Unit 2 focuses on the role of Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Judiciary and the Constitution. Girls do not simply learn the mechanics of the British system, the focus is very much on evaluation and how effective and democratic our political system is. In order to do this we do look to other countries to see if they do things better.

In Year 13 the same topics are addressed from an American perspective, with the additional topic of Race and Ethnicity. The synoptic element of A2 requires a greater sophistication of essay writing, and the ability to evaluate different political perspectives.

EXAM BOARD

A Level - Edexcel (Route C)

RECENT TRIPS/LEARNING ACTIVITIES

Girls in both years attend conferences delivered by eminent politicians, academics and political theorists, on topics relevant to the AS or A Level course. Year 12 have the opportunities to visit Parliament during the first few weeks of their studies. We also invite a number of political figures to address the Sixth Form during the Tuesday speaker slot.  A team of eight Year 12 girls participate in Eurpoean Youth Parliament, a national debating competition held each year at the Foreign Office. In 2013, the EYP team won the Regional Forum in the Foreign Office in London, the National Forum in Liverpool, and therefore participated in the international finals in The Hague!

The students also run City's own Politics blog which allows them to post comments, articles or videos that they think others might find useful for their studies. The fact that the blog is constantly updated is testament to the girls' passion for the subject.

"After some initial worry that we were expected to know a huge amount about UK Politics, two weeks into the course it was clear that Politics was our favourite AS subject and that the whole class would be continuing to A2 - and maybe beyond..." Year 12 Politics Class 2013-14

Head of Department

Miss R Lockyear