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Hi, I see that there was not a higher politics thread so I am creating this as one now. I was also just wondering if anyone had any tips/hints of what will be in the exam for higher politics this year and the best way to revise so much content?
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Does you know of evidence of Margret Thatcher being a classical liberal or have studied much about liberalism? Would help me in research for my assignment
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Does you know of evidence of Margret Thatcher being a classical liberal or have studied much about liberalism? Would help me in research for my assignment
Sorry, I don't. I believe Margret Thatcher was more Conservative than Liberal though and that is why Thatcherism is a type of Conservatism although does include liberatarianism. I think your best bet would be to look at both conservatism and liberalism as political theories and try to explain Thatcher being a classical liberal that way in a sort of comparison way.

Personally, I did my assignment on PR and that made it pretty straight forward and my assignment has already been sent away or so I am told anyway.
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I know some people will be looking for exam advice for CFE Higher Politics so in this post I am going to give some advice however I would firstly like to say that official advice is to study everything, I do not know what will be in the exam and the SQA can do what they want with the exam.

So here we go then, if you look at the 2015 exam paper then you will see the 20 mark essay appeared in Section 2 Political Systems and we know already that currently the 20 mark essay can never appear in Section 3 Political Parties and Elections. It has appeared in both section 1 and 2 between the 3 past papers we have available but since the 2015 paper was the first official past paper then it would seem likely that the 20 mark essay would appear in Section 1 Political Theory this year and it would be a bit weird if it didn't however I do emphasise that the SQA can do what they want.

Now on to how you can target your revision.

For Political Theory there is 3 units:
Ideologies (Socialism/Conservatism/Liberalism/Fascism/Nationalism)
Democracy (Direct/Representative)
Power, Authority and Legitimacy

Now if there is 3 units and the exam paper asks on two of the units that means that if you only studied 2 of the units, one would definitely be guaranteed to show up, both may show up but one would definitely show up. Now in terms of what units you study that is up to you and again official advice is to study everything. However, personally I am only going to study Ideologies and Democracy.

For section 2 Political Systems, exam advice is harder to give as there as so many potential essays. The only thing I can say is the questions that showed up last year are less likely to show up this year however the SQA can do what they want. For this section the best advice I can give is to study everything I am afraid. If anyone has better advice for this section please do share it.

For Section 3 Political Parties and Elections things become a lot simpler again as similarly to section 1 there is only 3 units and 2 will definitely be asked on.
The 3 units are:
Theories of voting behaviour (Sociological Model/Rational Choice Model/Dominant Ideology Model/Party Identification Model)
Campaigning Methods (Traditional/Modern/Media Strategies)
Dominant Ideology of a Political Party

For this section, the same as section 1 I would suggest focusing on 2 units although official advice is to study everything. The unit choices would be up to you and if you focus on 2, they both may come up but one is guaranteed to come up. Personally, I am going to focus on Campaigning methods and Dominant Ideology of a Political Party.

I hope this advice has been helpful for you.
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what are the different sections in unit 2?
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Section 2 - a question on the comparison of the UK judiciary vs the us judiciary is highly likely to come up so I'm pretty confident with that. That's because if you look at last years paper, you can see a constitutions question came up and an executive q came up. Since they can only ask about 4 topics in this section and since the specimen paper has a judiciary q, its very likely that it will come up. You can always go for a legislature comparison question if you want also.

For the first section I'm pretty confident a PAL question will come up alongside a democracy question. My teacher fancies the PAL q to pop up and seeing as she is always right about these things, I trust her.

The last section will include a dominant ideas q and the sociological model q, since last years was focused more on the media and the rational choice model.. The specimen also hints towards this. That's my logic anyway and its what I'll be concentrating on, hoped this helped.
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yeah cheers that helps! Just wouldn’t over-predict even if you’re confident as this has gone really wrong for me in the past and you don’t want to be sitting in front of something you’ve not prepared for
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I was hoping for government scrutiny for section 2, I never studied the judiciary as my teacher said we didn't have enough time.
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Hi, does anyone have an example answer to a democracy question such as: Using the works of appropriate theorists, examine the key features of direct and representative democracy.
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For Section 3 Political Parties and Elections things become a lot simpler again as similarly to section 1 there is only 3 units and 2 will definitely be asked on.
The 3 units are:
Theories of voting behaviour (Sociological Model/Rational Choice Model/Dominant Ideology Model/Party Identification Model)
Campaigning Methods (Traditional/Modern/Media Strategies)
Dominant Ideology of a Political Party
In my Unit 3 book a big part of it was Political Parties: learning about different parties and their history, especially the Conservative party - neoliberalism, Thatcherism and David Cameron...
Since this seemed to be such a big part I’m surprised there aren’t any past paper questions on it and that you haven’t mentioned it... Did you do this topic?
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Section 2 - a question on the comparison of the UK judiciary vs the us judiciary is highly likely to come up so I'm pretty confident with that. That's because if you look at last years paper, you can see a constitutions question came up and an executive q came up. Since they can only ask about 4 topics in this section and since the specimen paper has a judiciary q, its very likely that it will come up. You can always go for a legislature comparison question if you want also.

For the first section I'm pretty confident a PAL question will come up alongside a democracy question. My teacher fancies the PAL q to pop up and seeing as she is always right about these things, I trust her.

The last section will include a dominant ideas q and the sociological model q, since last years was focused more on the media and the rational choice model.. The specimen also hints towards this. That's my logic anyway and its what I'll be concentrating on, hoped this helped.
what are the "4 topics" that will can come up in section 2?
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In my Unit 3 book a big part of it was Political Parties: learning about different parties and their history, especially the Conservative party - neoliberalism, Thatcherism and David Cameron...
Since this seemed to be such a big part I’m surprised there aren’t any past paper questions on it and that you haven’t mentioned it... Did you do this topic?
The only political party stuff we covered was the dominant ideology which I mentioned in my original post.

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what are the "4 topics" that will can come up in section 2?
I think there is actually more than 4, the list I have is below:

Constitutions
Government Scrutiny
Legislative Process
Judiciary (didn't cover this)
Powers/Limits/Policy of Executive
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The only political party stuff we covered was the dominant ideology which I mentioned in my original post.



I think there is actually more than 4, the list I have is below:

Constitutions
Government Scrutiny
Legislative Process
Judiciary (didn't cover this)
Powers/Limits/Policy of Executive
Only 3 this year, 2 were used last year.
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thankyou! and so which three then?
and does anyone have any example essay question answers?
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Only 3 this year, 2 were used last year.
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thankyou! and so which three then?
and does anyone have any example essay question answers?
Judiciary
Legislature
Powers of the president vs PM
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Judiciary
Legislature
Powers of the president vs PM
My teacher said he doesn't know how they would ask about the legislator for 12 marks and since last year section 2 was 20 marks then this year section 1 will be 20 marks?
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My teacher said he doesn't know how they would ask about the legislator for 12 marks and since last year section 2 was 20 marks then this year section 1 will be 20 marks?
They could ask you to compare both the uk and us legislature and theres enough to write a 12 marker on but im hoping judiciary will come up because its the only one in that section ive done haha. Yeah thats true 20 marker will be in section 1
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They could ask you to compare both the uk and us legislature and theres enough to write a 12 marker on but im hoping judiciary will come up because its the only one in that section ive done haha. Yeah thats true 20 marker will be in section 1
My teachers point regarding the legislator is that it would be a 20 marker rather than 12 and he doesn't know how it could be asked as a 12 marker
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My teachers point regarding the legislator is that it would be a 20 marker rather than 12 and he doesn't know how it could be asked as a 12 marker
It would be asked like any other question? Just because theres no 12 marker questions for it doesnt mean you cant write it as a 12marker. Take the question in the exemplar paper as an example. All you would do is leave out the intro and conclusion. Idk if this helps but im confused at what your teacher is getting at
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Hi, for section 3 - dominate ideology of a political party, for example I am doing it on New Labour, do you discuss the impact of the dominant ideas of the party on its electoralperformance in one specific general election or in different years' elections? does this make sense? sorry! thankyou? i am not sure if this sent already sorry
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