Curriculum: 6th Form

6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 13 Politics
Term 1Optional Ideology - Nationalism   
Students will examine the phenomenon of nationalism, from its rise with the works of Jean Jacques Rousseau in the late 18th century and its roots in the French Revolution. Students will also analyse the rise of a more cultural form of nationalism, particularly through the works of Herder and Fichte. Students will compare the different forms of nationalism throughout history, particularly the liberal nationalism prevalent in most Western democracies, the expansionist nationalism evident in the 19th century and the more virulent forms of racial nationalism during the short twentieth century. There will also be an examination of the future of nationalism in modern politics and the effects a recent rise in nationalism may have on supranational bodies such as the UN and EU.
Assessment: Students to sit a complete Paper 2. This will be one source question, one essay question and one essay question on ideologies.Key Words and Terms
Term 2Theories of global politics and globalisation   
Students will look at the differences between national and global politics and the attacks on global politics in recent years, particularly in the shadow of the 2008/09 Great Recession. There will be a comparison of liberalism and realism as approaches to foreign policy. Students will also look at globalisation and its impacts on the world economy.
Assessment: Students to answer one short question and one long question on global politics and globalisation. Key Words and Terms
Term 3Global governance   
There will be an in-depth examination of global governance in the context of politics, economics and human rights. Students will examine global governance through the prism of case studies, such as the Russian annexation of the Crimea, the civil war in Syria and Western air raids on Libya. Students will analyse the role of key organisations such as the UN, International Court of Justice, IMF and the World Bank. Students will assess the changing nature of the world economy, with particular emphasis on the 2008 financial crash and its impact on world politics. Students will also study the increasing importance of human rights and attempts to bring war criminals to justice.
Assessment: Students to complete two short questions and one essay question on global governance. Key Words and Terms
Term 4Power, regionalism and the EU   
Students to examine the nature of hard and soft power, both in modern global politics and its historical antecedents. there will be an emphasis on the significance of the end of the Cold War and the emergence of the US as the world's sole superpower. Students will also look at the rise of China and the impact of this rise on the balance of power in world politics. Students will look at the impact of regionalism and the growth of supranational bodies, with particular emphasis on the EU. there will be a study of Britain's decision to leave the EU and the impact such organisations have on national sovereignty.
Assessment: Students will do a complete paper 3 on Global Politics. This will be a 2 hour unseen exam. Key Words and Terms