A2 - Government & Politics - Edexcel - Political Ideologies Watch

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I can't find any threads on this in particular.
I was wondering how people are revising for these papers? And what questions you feel you're most likely to answer?

Everyone in my class at school feels extremely worried about unit 6, Political Ideologies in the UK (or it's something similar).. as we feel we've not been taught it properly. Has anyone got any notes that they can share on this unit?

It would also be nice to get together notes such as views on Human Nature, Society, Economy and State for: Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Feminism, Anarchism, Nationalism, Fascism & whatever other ideologies I may have left out.
It would also be nice to differentiate between them all by separating them into neo/classical/modern etc.
Famous quotes would also be largely appreciated.

I'll post my own notes tomorrow.
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I'm doing this politics route, I'm doing mindmaps of the ideologies on A3 paper, our teacher has given us ideology overviews for each ideology and I'm working from those to do my mindmaps and using a good revision book I found on the net.

I'm dreading the unit 6 exam! Our teacher has ben great thankfully, really helpful but I'm worrying about how to tackle it and remembering everything!

What do you feel strongest and weakest on?

I will try to do the notes you want if I can find the time!
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my teacher is the worst guy ever..........if anything ur knowledge decreses after his lessons.

if u have any notes and overviews as u say could u please pm ..

i dont no hardly anything i need your HELP

thanks
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so what are people revising?
iv decided to just learn anarchism and feminism.
for unit 6 im learning labour and conservatives (from the 70s onwards i think)

i dont think its that hard.
i got an A in unit 4 for just learning socialism and marxism - just make sure you have good examples of people such as Godwin for individual anarchism and a quote. examiners really like that i think
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My teacher said you don't need to know that much for unit 6, most of your answer will be from your knowledge of other units, and just relate it to recent developments. Thats what I've been told anyway.
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I just remembered I found these sites on TSR a few weeks ago:

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...%80%93_discuss

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...%80%93_discuss

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...w_of_the_state

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki..._as_democratic

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...n_in_nature%3F

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...ess_society%3F

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...cial_democracy

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...r_the_state%3F

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...unnecessary%3F

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...al%E2%80%99%3F


http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...st_analysis%3F

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...m_vs_Stalinism
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Just for future reference, it might be easier to paste the parent-forum to all your links:
http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...Revision_Notes
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You might want to also look at this page.
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any advice how to revise this stuff...

i dont know anythign my teacher is thick!

im thinking of doing 2 topics from each unit

helpp pleassee
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Where are all the politics people?

For unit 4, it would be okay to just learn two ideologies (conservatism and liberalism) inside out right? Maybe having a third as a backup (very basic knowledge)? Then the same for unit 5 (feminism and anarchism probably)? So in total I'd know 4 ideologies really in depth?
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(Original post by bharatk)
any advice how to revise this stuff...

i dont know anythign my teacher is thick!

im thinking of doing 2 topics from each unit

helpp pleassee
That's what I was thinking too. All the paper's I've looked at have given one question for each ideology, so if you know there there will always be one question you can answer. I just hope that all the exam papers are like that.
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i agree with you vixky..i'm going to do 2 unit 4's in depth (conserv and liberlism) and then basics of socialism because you can sometimes get those questions about conflicts between ideology i.e. how does a convservative view of human nature compare with a socialist one etc etc.

as for unit 5, its not all that bad in my opinon, i will in depth 3 of them, and basic review one.

what i fear more than death itself is unit 6, and no matter how many times people say units 1,2,3 will help..i don't see how it will help extensive answers!
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the structure of unit 4 and 5 are the same
for unit 4 i got an A and only revised socialism/marxism...if anyone did unit 4 in january you might be aware that 3 of the questions were related to socialism
but i think i was lucky to be honest.
however i would recommend learning 2 really well. for unit 5 im learning anarchism and feminism. not gonna bother with nationalism or fasism at all!
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(Original post by bharatk)
any advice how to revise this stuff...

i dont know anythign my teacher is thick!

im thinking of doing 2 topics from each unit

helpp pleassee
I'm doing mindmaps of the ideologies I fund that helps to break them up!
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I'm doing mindmaps of the ideologies I fund that helps to break them up!
What sort of things do you put on them?

I don't know how to organise it all with the different strands and stuff.
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Looks like you've all got it sorted. I've just started. I'm going through all the past papers I have and answering every question. That way I can see what I'm missing in my notes, and so that I can look up whatever I don't understand/remember.

I wish we'd taken unit 4 in January. That way I wouldn't have to try and remember all this. I've not decided what I'm going to learn inside out yet. I think maybe Socialism/Marxism and Liberalism. But I might as well just learn all those three. Haven't thought about Unit 5 yet.. woops.
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(Original post by vixky!)
What sort of things do you put on them?

I don't know how to organise it all with the different strands and stuff.
I do core themes, then different types e.g. colonial nationalism etc

I also put key thinkers on them and a few quotes e.g. "personal is political", "nonsense on stilts", "I despise what you say but I will defend until my death your right to say" etc
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There is so much waffle in political ideologies. I doubt I can write as good as Heywood - the chief examiner.

Is everyone using his book to revise from?

Unit 6 has 120 marks but seems easier because a lot was covered last year.
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There is so much waffle in political ideologies. I doubt I can write as good as Heywood - the chief examiner.

Is everyone using his book to revise from?

Unit 6 has 120 marks but seems easier because a lot was covered last year.
I'm using his book and McNaughton's one. Trying to use Heywood as much as possible since he's the chief examiner, but I don't like his book at all if I'm honest.
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(Original post by vixky!)
I'm using his book and McNaughton's one. Trying to use Heywood as much as possible since he's the chief examiner, but I don't like his book at all if I'm honest.
Lol, but if you look at some of the indicative comments from the mark schemes some of the stuff are "copied" from the Heywood book line to line, so just need to learn and churn.

I don't have McNaughton's notes, but my own notes are quite good - actually have a decent teacher.

Are you doing all 3 modules next week or have you already done unit 4 in jan. I've only got unit 5 and 6 left to do.
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