A2 Edexcel Government and Politics. Unit 3 Political Ideologies 09/06/14

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Really scared about this exam - what kind of questions do you think could come up?
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Really scared about this exam - what kind of questions do you think could come up?

Anything! Apparently you can revise just 3/4 ideologies though? Obviously it's riskier because you limit yourself but might be worth it if you don't have time to learn everything.
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Anything! Apparently you can revise just 3/4 ideologies though? Obviously it's riskier because you limit yourself but might be worth it if you don't have time to learn everything.
I'm thinking about just revising liberalism, anarchism and conservatism and I am really worried about the type of 45 mark questions they may ask - esp on conservatism where there are a lot of conservative strands - such as the Traditional conservatives - the one nation tories, the christian democrats and the authoritatian conservatives, and then there is the new right. What type of 45 mark questions do you think they may ask?
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I'm thinking about just revising liberalism, anarchism and conservatism and I am really worried about the type of 45 mark questions they may ask - esp on conservatism where there are a lot of conservative strands - such as the Traditional conservatives - the one nation tories, the christian democrats and the authoritatian conservatives, and then there is the new right. What type of 45 mark questions do you think they may ask?

Yeah I hate conservatism it's def my worst one. I get so confused with neoliberalism and all the strands etc. Apparently you don't really need to know about authoritarian and christian conservatism, and I've never included them in my essays. I wish I could drop conservatism but they often include it in unit 4 in the nationalism and multiculturalism questions I have no idea , my teacher never gives predictions, I'm going to have a look through all the past papers today and see what's come up recently. How have you been structuring your essays?
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Yeah I hate conservatism it's def my worst one. I get so confused with neoliberalism and all the strands etc. Apparently you don't really need to know about authoritarian and christian conservatism, and I've never included them in my essays. I wish I could drop conservatism but they often include it in unit 4 in the nationalism and multiculturalism questions I have no idea , my teacher never gives predictions, I'm going to have a look through all the past papers today and see what's come up recently. How have you been structuring your essays?
Usually I do an intro where I mention my judgement and summarise the main arguments I will be talking about
then when I am writing my arguments in each paragraph I try to evaluate and link back to the question
and I try to use connectives and link diff ideologies to each other for synopticity
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Usually I do an intro where I mention my judgement and summarise the main arguments I will be talking about
then when I am writing my arguments in each paragraph I try to evaluate and link back to the question
and I try to use connectives and link diff ideologies to each other for synopticity
yeah I just never know how to structure my argument, whether i should talk about the a key theme in one paragraph and then in the next paragraph say how the different strands of the ideology contradict the core theme?
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yeah I just never know how to structure my argument, whether i should talk about the a key theme in one paragraph and then in the next paragraph say how the different strands of the ideology contradict the core theme?
I think you briefly mention the theme and how the strands of an ideology contradict a theme. So for example.
Has modern liberalism departed from conventional liberal beliefs?
Modern and Classical liberals hold differing views on freedom. While modern liberals ascribe to the idea of positive freedom (freedom to 'be'), classical liberals believe in negative freedom (freedom from external constraints). This difference in opinion shows that modern liberalism has departed from the original principles of liberalism. Modern liberal belief in positive freedom has led the strand to also believe in a more positive view of human nature, where human nature is not only seen as being about the freedom of the individual, but also about the idea that individuals are not merely self seeking, but altruistic. Modern liberals believe humans hold sympathy and concern for each other, unlike classical liberals, who believe in a more negative view of human nature, because of their beliefs in negative freedom.
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I think you briefly mention the theme and how the strands of an ideology contradict a theme. So for example.
Has modern liberalism departed from conventional liberal beliefs?
Modern and Classical liberals hold differing views on freedom. While modern liberals ascribe to the idea of positive freedom (freedom to 'be'), classical liberals believe in negative freedom (freedom from external constraints). This difference in opinion shows that modern liberalism has departed from the original principles of liberalism. Modern liberal belief in positive freedom has led the strand to also believe in a more positive view of human nature, where human nature is not only seen as being about the freedom of the individual, but also about the idea that individuals are not merely self seeking, but altruistic. Modern liberals believe humans hold sympathy and concern for each other, unlike classical liberals, who believe in a more negative view of human nature, because of their beliefs in negative freedom.
Ohh ok! Yeah that makes a lot of sense, think I just need to try and do as many practice essays as possible. Thanks for your help! How is your revision going?
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Ohh ok! Yeah that makes a lot of sense, think I just need to try and do as many practice essays as possible. Thanks for your help! How is your revision going?
My teacher said that it's quite possible the 2 15 mark questions could be on liberalism and the essay questions on anarchism, conservatism and socialism. They like to repeat questions, particularly with conservatism, they always ask if the ideology is based on tradition or continuity, the new right or the difference between strands. For anarchism its usually the same question repeated in diff ways - its usually if anarchism is just a form of extreme liberalism or socialism.
. And revision is hard good luck with the exam though, hope you get what you want xx
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Below I have attached a past paper table I made of all the exam questions that have come up so far for unit 3 - hope it helps x
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Any guesses on what the essays could be based on and what 2 Liberalism SAQs may be?
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Any guesses on what the essays could be based on and what 2 Liberalism SAQs may be?
they haven't asked SAQs like : How and why have liberals supported the fragmentation of political power or Explain the links between liberalism and democracy for a long time. They could even ask about liberal democracy - they haven't asked about the links between liberalism and toleration either. But you can never be really sure. :/ So just try to revise as much of the content as you can and good luck!
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Anarchism essays are usually based on its two main strands - ultra-socialists and ultra liberals - possible qs could be is anarchism an extreme form of liberalism? Is anarchism a single doctrine? Is anarchism a utopian creed? Or even something such as 'Anarchism is strong on moral principles but weak on political practice' . For conservatism possible qs could be Is conservatism based on pragmatism than principles? Is conservatism a single doctrine? Is conservatism a philosophy of human imperfection? Is conservatism more concerned with social stability than economic freedom?
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What did everyone think? I thought it went not too bad, could have been better, could have been worse. I think I've done enough to just get an A
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Wasn't bad - out of interest what school/college do you go to? I also want to know if anyone else did the Conservative 45 marker on free market capitalism, and what they used in their answer?
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I go to Greenhead college in Huddersfield, you?

I too did the Conservative 45 mark essay.

I first said the New Right supports it and the reasons why but made a little mini conclusion that the Conservative New Right support it to a lesser extent and used gambling as an example.

Then I said Traditional and One Nation Conservatives don't support it and the reasons why.

Then I made a few comparisons between the New Right and what implications it leads to (I also did this in my other paragraphs) such as their views on property and how it links to the free market.

As you can tell my essay structure was pretty poor.

What did you put?
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