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POLITICS

Pressure Groups – the deadline for this is Monday 15th June

Social Movements – the deadline for this is Monday 6th July

Preparation for Year 13

You need to watch the Stephen Fry series “Fry in America” and make notes on the different features of each of the geographical areas of the USA, not just in terms of what they are like as places but the people and what is important to them there as well. It is important that you understand the diversity of America is it helps to share the country’s politics. You can find a map to help at https://www.mapsofworld.com/usa/ and the series here – Episode 1 : New World https://youtu.be/dy5zKl1r4Z0 Episode 2 : Deep South https://youtu.be/_WbhXFfNDR8 Episode 3 : Mississippi https://youtu.be/ArmO8BYjKXU Episode 4 : Mountains and Plains https://youtu.be/vr7xQ3vleuQ Episode 5 : True West https://youtu.be/9BWczhbvEp8 Episode 6 : The Pacific https://youtu.be/Hw20V-F-4so

Deadline – beginning of September 2020

 

Year 12 Politics

This work is based on the sheets you have been given as well as your textbook.

Referendums - The deadline for this is Monday 11th May
Political parties - The deadline for this is Monday 25th May

 

VOTING BEHAVIOUR

Read through the sheets you have been given on voting behaviour and pages 282 to 293 in your textbook to make notes on

  • How class, age, gender and ethnicity affect voting

  • Changing trends in voter behaviour (including 2019 from work you have already done)

  • The different explanations for voter choice

  • The role of party leader in voter choice

When you have made your notes on voting behaviour email your answer to this question to Mr Quinn - “Issues influence voting behaviour more than other factors” Discuss. The deadline for this is Monday 20th April

 

REFERENDUMS

Read the sheets you have been given and pages 274 to 279 in your textbook to make notes on

  • Why we have referendums

  • Referendums in the UK since 1970

  • Arguments for and against having referendums

When you have made your notes on referendums email your answer to this question to Mr Quinn - Critically assess the advantages and disadvantages of using referendums in the UK. The deadline for this is to be confirmed

 

POLITICAL PARTIES

Using pages 312 to 338 in your textbook make notes on

  • The roles played by political parties in the UK as well as they different types of political parties

  • How the UK political party system works and how it has changed in recent years

  • The beliefs, policies, organisation and structures of the main political parties in the UK and in Wales (your information pack and the internet will help you with this)

  • How political parties and funded and arguments about how and why this should change

When you have made your notes on political parties, email your answer to this question to Mr Quinn - Analyse the view that in Wales and the UK today there are more differences within the political parties than between them. The deadline for this is to be confirmed

 

PRESSURE GROUPS

Follow the instructions on the Pressure groups project I have given you, using the materials in the pack and pages 227 to 235 in your textbook to help you make notes on what pressure groups are, how they operate and how successful they have been.

 

When you have made your notes on referendums email your answer to this question to Mr Quinn - ‘Pressure groups are influential because they force governments to respond.’ Discuss. The deadline for this is to be confirmed

 

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Follow the instructions on the information pack on social movements you have been given. Make notes on what social movements are and research the impact of three specific examples.

 

When you have made your notes on social movements, email your answer to this to Mr Quinn – Explain the similarities and differences between pressure groups and social movements. The deadline for this is to be confirmed

 

To prepare for Year 13 Politics you should also start reading up on American politics, particularly the US presidential election which is on-going, as well as focusing on what the President, Congress and Supreme Court are doing at the moment.

 

There are also some useful introductory exercises available at https://resources.wjec.co.uk/Pages/ResourceSingle.aspx?rIid=2704

 

I also recommend the Netflix series House of Cards and Designated Survivor, and if you can find it a slightly older programme called The West Wing

 

Year 13

For socialism and nationalism you need to follow the same pattern of learning (main features, different versions, important thinkers) as we have with liberalism and conservatism.

 

There are materials on the WJEC resources website to help you do this - https://resources.wjec.co.uk/Pages/ResourceSingle.aspx?rIid=2814