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Some A grade knowhow would be very appreciated on how to get an A in alevel politics. At the minute my knowledge is quite thin so just inform me of the basics too! or any good websites for learning stuff.

i'll be learning material on these topics:

AS Modules
Module 1 Political culture, electoral systems and voting behaviour in the UK.

Module 2 Political parties, pressure groups and protest movements in the UK.

Module 3 Features of a representative democracy. A study of government and Parliament in the UK and Europe


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Do you not get lessons? Going to them might be a good way to pass.
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Wikipedia?
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read a goddamn newspaper.




....not the sun or daily mail. :rolleyes:
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(Original post by TopCat06)
Some A grade knowhow would be very appreciated on how to get an A in alevel politics. At the minute my knowledge is quite thin so just inform me of the basics too! or any good websites for learning stuff.

i'll be learning material on these topics:

AS Modules
Module 1 Political culture, electoral systems and voting behaviour in the UK.

Module 2 Political parties, pressure groups and protest movements in the UK.

Module 3 Features of a representative democracy. A study of government and Parliament in the UK and Europe


ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT
As stated above, the best way is to start is to simply start following the news. Reputable sources only (BBC, Times of London, New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post). One or two of those would do. It won't take more than half an hour a day.
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(Original post by Bismarck)
As stated above, the best way is to start is to simply start following the news. Reputable sources only (BBC, Times of London, New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post). One or two of those would do. It won't take more than half an hour a day.
hahaha, come on bismarck. Why list such conservative publications?

My advice to the OP is to read everything they get their hands on. from whatever source. just make sure to have an open mind and query the bias of the author....

Bismarcks list is a good start but reading solely that is going to definately leave you with a bit of a blinkered view imo.

Also, read history, loads of it - it explains how we got to where we are.

also, don't listen when people tell you somehting is evil or wrong. make your own judgements.
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(Original post by TopCat06)
Some A grade knowhow would be very appreciated on how to get an A in alevel politics. At the minute my knowledge is quite thin so just inform me of the basics too! or any good websites for learning stuff.

i'll be learning material on these topics:

AS Modules
Module 1 Political culture, electoral systems and voting behaviour in the UK.

Module 2 Political parties, pressure groups and protest movements in the UK.

Module 3 Features of a representative democracy. A study of government and Parliament in the UK and Europe


ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/default.stm for a start. also have i got news for you when its on, lol. if you are going for the A grade examiners are impressed by knowledge of current affairs and applying them to your answers.

tbh first year politics is pretty easy, its the A2 year you have to worry about. you gotta learn theories and stuff and the works of various people like marx, locke, weber, hume.

in terms of the first year suff, you just really get taught the basics. that first module you mentioned is like, learning what the voting systems are, like first past the post, proportional representation, AMS, single transferable vote, etc, learning the benefits and drawbacks of each system and what countries use it. voting behaviour, well, its obvious, why people vote they way they do, tactical voting, abstaining, class, age, the bandwagon effect, underdog effect, the shy conservative, etc. its probably the module i enjoyed the most. also it goes into the role the media plays, thats quite interesting

the second module, well, its pretty much what it says on the tin..

the third, you learn about the two chambers in parliament, the roles of legislateur, the executive, and the judiciary, the process of reaching decisions, the role of / debates over the constitution (written vs unwritten), how the EU works, and other random stuff... i did all this 3 years ago, my memory is hazy. neway watch out for the second year :| i only got an A because i did so wel in the first year and it brought my marks up.
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read a goddamn newspaper.




....not the sun or daily mail. :rolleyes:

:eek: Whats wrong with the Daily Mail? i find it a vital source of daily information
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Guardian, New Statesman also good things to read.
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I can't remember the authors, but there is a big thick book called 'british political history' that is really good.

ooh - dredged it up - pearce and stewart - here it is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Poli.../dp/0415268702
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Why do you need to learn so quickly? Surely the next AS politics exam isn't until January...
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Guardian, New Statesman also good things to read.
No, they're not. They're clearly biased. A beginner won't be able to pick out the bias.

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hahaha, come on bismarck. Why list such conservative publications?

My advice to the OP is to read everything they get their hands on. from whatever source. just make sure to have an open mind and query the bias of the author....

Bismarcks list is a good start but reading solely that is going to definitely leave you with a bit of a blinkered view imo.

Also, read history, loads of it - it explains how we got to where we are.

also, don't listen when people tell you somehting is evil or wrong. make your own judgements.
The Washington Post, the New York Times, and BBC are conservative? In what world?
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No, they're not. They're clearly biased. A beginner won't be able to pick out the bias.
All newspapers are 'biased', including the ones you selected. The Guardian is about as centrist as you can find. Most of the ones you picked out are quite conservative. I mean, The Times? It's owned by News Corporation!
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the economist :cool:
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That's unusual, coming from a socialist :p: [/clichéd remark]
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All newspapers are 'biased', including the ones you selected. The Guardian is about as centrist as you can find. Most of the ones you picked out are quite conservative. I mean, The Times? It's owned by News Corporation!
Are you joking? The Guardian is a clearly left-wing publication. It says so itself. :confused: The other ones strive for neutrality, even if they don't always achieve it. And you clearly never read the other ones if you think they're conservative. The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal are liberal. The New York Times, Washington Post, and BBC are center-left. The Times of London is centrist. It's not like I mentioned the Telegraph of Fox News.
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Are you joking? The Guardian is a clearly left-wing publication. It says so itself. :confused: The other ones strive for neutrality, even if they don't always achieve it. And you clearly never read the other ones if you think they're conservative. The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal are liberal. The New York Times, Washington Post, and BBC are center-left. The Times of London is centrist. It's not like I mentioned the Telegraph of Fox News.
The Guardian, whilst it may be positively Stalinist from an American perspective, is regarded as by far the most neutral and respected paper in the UK. The Times. meanwhile is regarded as a centre-right newspaper, and is no longer considered to have particularly high standards of journalism. They now spend a lot of time covering positively tabloid topics such as celebrity gossip. And the BBC are definitely not centre-left. They are centrist, with some fairly conservative elements, and a few slightly left-wing elements in other departments - but as an organisation, they are centrist.
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anything shown on tv has to be neutral, we learnt that in that first module of AS politics :-p interestingly america is the opposite, it is the newspapers which are legally bound to be neutral, while, quite worryingly, their tv news isnt, and you get **** like fox.
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Here was my response to another thread on newspaper bias.
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anything shown on tv has to be neutral, we learnt that in that first module of AS politics :-p interestingly america is the opposite, it is the newspapers which are legally bound to be neutral, while, quite worryingly, their tv news isnt, and you get **** like fox.
Yes, but they're bending it quite a lot. I mean C5 actually had an entire 15 minutes of 'Question Cameron', complete with blue colour scheme :rolleyes: It was about as close to an actual Tory advert as they are allowed to have.
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