Government and Politics at Devonport High School for Boys
The subject combines well with most disciplines butespecially History, English, Economics, Geography andMedia.As an academic social science there are many key skillswhich can be developed through the study of Politics;reading and synthesis of ideas, critical thinking, thepresentation of written discussion, use of documentsand statistics etc. You will be encouraged to participatein debates and in the past students have attendedinternational conferences and worked with MPs atWestminster. However, we hope that beyond thesecore skills, the course will encourage students todevelop a love of politics and to participate in thepolitical process. You will gain an insight into thefactors which influence decisions that affect all our livesfrom a local level in Plymouth to an internationalperspective, for example the war on terror. You willexamine how we elect our representatives and howthey reach decisions. You will investigate the role ofthe media and interest groups as well as looking at theway that rights are protected by the judicial system.You will also have the opportunity to compare theBritish system with American and European politicsgiving you a comprehensive view of contemporaryworld affairs in a period of increasingly globalcitizenship.
Since this is a new subject for all students, there are no formal requirements and noprior knowledge will be assumed. However, students require a good standard ofwritten English, an interest in current affairs would be advantageous and a willingnessto join in discussion. Successful candidates are those who are able to use their studytime effectively to develop their knowledge and understanding of current politicaldebate and as such there is an expectation that students read newspapers, journalsand watch television news to supplement the course textbooks.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Devonport High School for Boys directly.