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Year 12 - Term 6

Reminder that there are 2 sections to this course - the USA and the UK based politics. Please find them list below  - USA and UK here

Topic - Politics Pressure Groups – How Democratic do they make the United States of America

For the next 5 weeks you have been set the following work to complete – please upload the sheet from Pre Chewed into the TEAMS folder and make sure your folder is complete. Government have said that you will be sitting all your exams next year so you need to make sure that you are refreshing your memory!

Your Folder for US Politics should have 8 dividers and you should have your notes on the following areas:

  1. Administrative Pieces (PLC, Info etc)
  2. The Constitution and Federalism
  3. The Supreme Court and Race (you can add to this from the news)
  4. The Political Parties and Pressure Groups
  5. Elections (use the news)
  6. The Legislature *
  7. The Executive Branch *
  8. Your Essays and feedback sheets

You may wish to add your Pre Chewed Notes to each section or create a separate area for them.

www.prechewedpolitics.co.uk

Alex.izycky@thomasdeaconacademy.com

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Week 1 WB 22 June

Unit 8 Pressure Groups – Video 3 How do Insider Groups Lobby Congress?

Week 2 WB 29 June

Unit 8 Pressure Groups – Videos 4 and 6 How do Insiders Lobby the Executive and Supreme Court and Regulation of Pressure Groups

Week 3 WB 6 July

Unit 8 Pressure Groups – Videos 7 and 8 Are Pressure Groups Successful and Are they good for Democracy?

Week 4 WB 13 July

Exam Question on Pressure Groups

Evaluate the Extent to which pressure groups perform useful function in the USA (30)

Please either email this to me steven.lilley@TDA.education or upload to TEAMS

You can also improve your knowledge with www.theatlantic.com and follow @LGS_Politics on twitter.

 

Topic – The UK constitution.

There are two debates that you need to focus on in term 6:

  1. Should the UK keep its constitution uncodified or would it be better to adopt a codified one?
  2. How effective have the changes that have been made since 1997 been? (i.e. should the UK stop changing its constitution or are more reforms needed – if so, what changes should be made?)

You have learned a lot the background to these debates by watching up to video 8 on ‘Prechewed Politics’. You now need to apply what you’ve been watching by completing two essays before the summer holiday.

Week 1 (beginning 22nd June)

Tasks –

  1. Re-watch video 8 ‘Is the constitution under strain?’ Make a note of all the arguments that are given to suggest that the reforms since 1997 have weaknesses or have caused problems.
  2. Find the source you highlighted at the end of term 5 to prepare for this question:

Evaluate the view that Constitutional reforms in the UK since 1997 have been weak, incomplete and require further change.’ (30 marks)

Using the source, write an answer to the question in 50 minutes.

You need to submit your essay to Mr Izycky by Monday 29th June

Resources to help –

  • Prechewed Politics UK constitution topic Video 8
  • Prechewed Politics/ UK members/ UK revision guide archive/ Unit 2 2016-17 ‘Have the constitutional changes since 1997 not gone far enough?’
  • The source (Mr Izycky will resend this before 22nd June)
  • A textbook or revision guide will be useful if you have one.

Week 2 (beginning 29th June)

Tasks –

  1. Watch video 9 and fill in the video sheet ‘What are the arguments for and against codifying the UK constitution?’ (Part One)
  2. Watch video 10 and fill in the video sheet ‘What are the arguments for and against codifying the UK constitution?’ (Part Two)
  3. Using your video sheets to help you, make a list of the three best (most persuasive) arguments FOR codifying. Then repeat the exercise for arguments AGAINST.
  4. Email Mr Izycky your reasons in rank order (to show you are up to date) by Monday 6th July

Resources to help –

  • Prechewed Politics UK constitution topic Videos 9 and 10
  • Prechewed Politics/ UK members/ UK revision guide archive/ Unit 2 2016-17 ‘Does the UK need a codified constitution?’
  • A textbook or revision guide will be useful if you have one.

Week 3 (beginning 6th July)

Tasks –

  1. Read the document on prechewed: UK members/ UK revision guide archive/ Unit 2 2016-17 ‘Does the UK need a codified constitution?’ plus any other guide or textbook you have on this topic.
  2. Create an essay plan for the question:

‘Evaluate the view that the UK should adopt a codified constitution.’ (30 marks)

  1. Email Mr Izycky your essay plan by 13th July

Resources to help –

  • Use the same resources as week 2 plus anything else you have.

Week 4 (beginning 13th July)

  1. Write your essay to the question:

‘Evaluate the view that the UK should adopt a codified constitution.’ (30 marks)

  1. Email Mr Izycky your essay by Thursday 16th July