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I thought I would start a thread solely for this unit.

What topics is everybody doing?

I am revising the Constitution and the Supreme Court.
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Hello.. again

I think I'm going to do Constitution and Congress, despite finding Congress a bit repetitive but I've revised it the most so it seems like the wise option :/
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What do people think will come up on congress and supreme court part?
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I'm revising everything but constitution, just in case they throw in a horrible question (As AQA lurve to do)
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What do people think will come up on congress and supreme court part?
Looking at the spec it's likely the 10 markers will focus on

Congress: Bicameralism, gridlock, pork-barrel
SC: Judicial review, original intent, constitutional interpretation

For the 30 I'd guess about a politicised SC? And a question examining one of the main roles of Congress (E.g. to what extent does Congress successfully provide oversight and scrutiny?)

Total guesses though
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Looking at the spec it's likely the 10 markers will focus on

Congress: Bicameralism, gridlock, pork-barrel
SC: Judicial review, original intent, constitutional interpretation

For the 30 I'd guess about a politicised SC? And a question examining one of the main roles of Congress (E.g. to what extent does Congress successfully provide oversight and scrutiny?)

Total guesses though
Im thinking the 30 marker on SC will be about them being guardians to the constiution?
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Im thinking the 30 marker on SC will be about them being guardians to the constiution?
That would be a nice one, lots to talk about: judicial restraint/activism, strict/loose constructionism, etc.
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Im thinking the 30 marker on SC will be about them being guardians to the constiution?
hmm yeah that's not really come up before so could be! Do you reckon it would ask how successful they are at being guardians?
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Doing the Constitution and Supreme Court topic too! No idea on gods green earth as to what will come up today. What are the main themes of each topic in your guys/girls opinion?

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hmm yeah that's not really come up before so could be! Do you reckon it would ask how successful they are at being guardians?
Yeah which is basically how well they protect the consitution, any essay plan for it?
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Ways the protect the constitution well.
For:
- Judicial Review powers of checks and balances against exec/legislature
- Strict constructionist rulings? So impeding change.
-Protecting minority rights.

Against:
-Lack enforcement powers
-Political agenda due to their politicized appointments.
-Interpretive amendments/loose constructionist ruling?

Possible way. Any suggestions.

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Ways the protect the constitution well.
For:
- Judicial Review powers of checks and balances against exec/legislature
- Strict constructionist rulings? So impeding change.
-Protecting minority rights.

Against:
-Lack enforcement powers
-Political agenda due to their politicized appointments.
-Interpretive amendments/loose constructionist ruling?

Possible way. Any suggestions.

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What do you mean abt protecting minority rights?
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What do you mean abt protecting minority rights?
Well the job of the constitution is to be protect all the rights of every citizen, even those who are minorities. Therefore, by successfully being guardians of the constitution they are protecting the rights of those who others may feel as if they don't deserve protection. Going against the counter majoritarian spirit. Examples being Georgia vs Furman 1972, Miranda vs Arizona 1966, Gideon vs Wainwright 1963 and even US vs Lopez 1995.

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Do you guys do a plan before you start writing? If so where do you write it - on the answer sheet or the answer booklet? Someone sitting the exam told me that they did a mini plan for all the questions, I don't know how she found the room.
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Do you guys do a plan before you start writing? If so where do you write it - on the answer sheet or the answer booklet? Someone sitting the exam told me that they did a mini plan for all the questions, I don't know how she found the room.
I do a basic plan of writing my points out in shorthand and arranging them either side of a For/Against table. Takes 2mins tops.

I used to do it on the answer booklet but have started to write on the question paper now.
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Im thinking the 30 marker on SC will be about them being guardians to the constiution?
How would u answer the question on constitutional interpretation? :confused:
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How would u answer the question on constitutional interpretation? :confused:
Conservative interpretation v. Liberal interpretations of articles and amendments, e.g. gun-control?
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Do you guys do a plan before you start writing? If so where do you write it - on the answer sheet or the answer booklet? Someone sitting the exam told me that they did a mini plan for all the questions, I don't know how she found the room.
I do a mini spider diagram in my answer book for 10 marks, and a list of paragraph points for my 30 mark - I think if the examiner can see you've planned your question and know where you're going with it it leaves a good impression
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(Original post by Taliahart)
Looking at the spec it's likely the 10 markers will focus on

Congress: Bicameralism, gridlock, pork-barrel
SC: Judicial review, original intent, constitutional interpretation

For the 30 I'd guess about a politicised SC? And a question examining one of the main roles of Congress (E.g. to what extent does Congress successfully provide oversight and scrutiny?)

Total guesses though
I'm not really sure how I'd answer a question on oversight. I understand it and could define it, but 30 marks...? Would it be along the right lines to talk about committees e.g. standing committee being permanent and able to check and balance the executive?
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I'm not really sure how I'd answer a question on oversight. I understand it and could define it, but 30 marks...? Would it be along the right lines to talk about committees e.g. standing committee being permanent and able to check and balance the executive?
It would be a really mean 30 marker but they asked about representation a few years ago which for me is even worse! :/

Definitely you could talk about committees.

I'd also mention impeachment (more of a threat than an actual power - it failed on Johnson and Clinton in the Senate)
They can also override the presidential veto - which is a major power.
Also they control the budget, stopping the executive from spending too much

For the other side of the argument you could talk about imperial presidents and how
Congress didn't act as an effective check! Especially Watergate.

You could compare to the UK where the executive IS the legislature so oversight is mainly provided by independent bodies or the shadow cabinet
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