Politics

  • 6th Form in Library

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal”
Emma Goldman

Brexit. Donald Trump the 45th President of the USA.
Fake news

Philosophy of the department
From the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter campaigns to social media. Young people, more than any other generation, are being bombarded by political messages every single day. What to make of it all? Sometimes unplugging and leaving it all behind seems the safest option. But politics can’t be switched off. It’s a living thing that has grown to include everything about everyone’s life. Do you want to go to university? Then the issue of university fees needs to be discussed. Do you think people should vote at 16? Issues that are more important than ever. We need young people to not only vote, but to be engaged in these political discussions. We believe that nowadays, more than ever before, is the time when the study of Politics will help students to navigate through the noise and the half truths. We want your vote to count and for the parties to have to earn that vote, not to expect it automatically.

What we expect from our students
Engagement and being inquisitive are the most important attributes we want to see in our students. We want you to be active learners who wish to contribute throughout your lessons and to disagree (politely!) with one another. It is only through open debate do ideas become exposed for what they really are, good or bad. We require students to be interested in world affairs. Knowing who Theresa May, or Jeremy Corbyn is will greatly help you to access the material. A lot of what we study is genuinely new for students. We do not study it at GCSE. This makes the content of the course both rigorous due to its novelty, but also incredibly interesting. Think of Politics as recent history, events that have only just happened, from Brexit to Trump. These are the events which we look at and debate. We don’t have all of the answers, but we certainly look at the reasons behind these world-changing events.