Politics is an ideal subject for students with an interest in domestic and international news and current affairs, and for those with an interest in the social and moral questions surrounding the principles of democracy, justice, rights, freedom and equality. As an A-level-only subject at MCS, no prior knowledge is assumed for this course, but students should have an interest in following news and political events in the quality media. As an essay subject, the skills developed in a range of Arts and Humanities GCSEs will be put to good use in developing political analysis in short and long essay answers.
UK Politics and Participation
US Government and Comparative Politics:
US Politics and Participation, and Comparative Politics
Political Ideas and Political Ideologies
Three equally weighted 2-hour written papers at the end of the second year:
Paper 1: UK Government and Politics
Paper 2: US Government and Politics and Comparative Politics
Paper 3: Political Ideas and Ideologies
Weekly reading group; regular external speakers at Politics Society.
Visits to Parliament and the Supreme Court; conference at Westminster Hall. Biennial trip to Washington and New York.
|Suggested preparation and further inspiration|
|Jonathan Wolfe||An Introduction to Political Philosophy 3rd Edition (OUP 2015)|
|Bernard Crick||In Defence of Politics (1962, 2013)|
|Gerry Stoker||Why Politics Matters: Making Democracy Work (1996)|
|Tony Wright||British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2013)|
|Alan Renwick||A Citizen’s Guide to Electoral Systems (2011) and/or The Politics of Electoral Reform: Making Democracy Work (2011)|
|Richard Heffernan, Phillip Cowley and Colin Hay||Developments in British Politics(Vol 10), (2016).|
|You should also, and perhaps most importantly, think about engaging with the serious political media. Magazines to look at include:||Prospect Magazine|
|The New Statesman|
|TV and radio programmes||The Today Programme||BBC R4 6.30-9.00am|
|Newsnight||BBC 2 10.30pm weeknights|
|Question Time||BBC1 10.35pm Thursdays|
|Any Questions||BBC R4 8-9pm Fridays|