Higher Politics (Course Code: C758 76)

SCQF Level 6 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Politics?

Politics is a process in which groups of people resolve conflicts and make collective decisions.

The aim of this course is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of political concepts and principles. You will develop skills in interpreting, analysing and evaluating political arguments and learn to debate in a critical way. The course encourages a comparative approach to politics and uses a wide range of local, national and international examples.

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, but you would normally be expected to have achieved:

What will I study?

This course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of how different political ideologies, systems and parties resolve the timeless pursuit of power, authority and legitimacy. Its theoretical perspective enables you to identify, explore and analyse political issues in order to develop your own views and perspectives.

The course consists of three compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Politics: Political Theory (6 SCQF credit points)

In this course you will:

Politics: Political Systems (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Politics: Political Parties and Elections (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment has two components:

The question paper will assess your breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills accumulated across the course. The question paper will be set and marked by SQA.

The assignment will assess a combination of your knowledge and/or skills from across the course in a political context.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass all three units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

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What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in: