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In its broadest sense, Politics is concerned with power and the way in which, for better or worse, it is distributed and exercised in society. It is also concerned with people: how they interact, make decisions and settle disputes. The study of Politics, which is offered as an A2 subject in the Upper School, provides a developed understanding of the British and American political environment, as well as the political ideas which have shaped western government and society.

Topics studied in detail include:

  • Government and Politics of the UK
  • Government and Politics of the USA and comparative politics
  • Political ideas, including Conservatism, Liberalism, Socialism and Feminism

The department regularly welcomes expert visiting speakers from a range of political backgrounds. Students undertake original research, give presentations and use ICT extensively as part of the course. Students augment their wider learning through a range of essay competitions, conferences and excursions, including a biennial trip to Washington DC. There is also a thriving weekly Politics Society. The subject is increasingly popular with Upper School students and provides an excellent grounding for degree courses such as PPE, HSPS, Politics, International Relations, Sociology and Journalism.

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Mr Donald Mackintosh BA MPhil

Head of Politics