Government & Politics

Adams College Transition Work

This transition work is intended to prepare you for A level study. We would like you to work through the tasks listed over the summer holidays.
You must bring your completed work with you on Wednesday 5th September, ready to demonstrate your understanding of the transition tasks in lessons. Teachers will test your knowledge and understanding of this work in class tests, the week beginning 17th September.

Politics is exciting because people disagree. They disagree about how people should live, what principles should guide behaviour, who should get what and how society should be organised.
What is politics, democracy in the UK, who should vote & how do different groups influence government? Explore the websites and produce the following:

1. A timeline of how the vote emerged in UK (major legislation from 1832)
2. Mind map of types/definitions of democracy
3. A glossary of new vocabulary (from the tasks 1&2) & definitions, to include: franchise, democracy, the constitution, the executive, separation of powers, referendums, representative and direct democracy, legitimacy and democratic deficit, turnout (don’t need all information on law making)
Who or what was the expenses scandal of 2009?

4. Using media listed below or newspaper search, outline what the expenses scandal was and any other reasons why levels of trust in politicians are so low.

Political parties, elections and voting are clearly central to who is able to make laws in the UK. From the 2017 election results find the following:

5. How many people voted (turnout)
6. How many seats each of the main three parties won (Cons Lab and Lib-Dem)
7. An example of a minor party
8. 3 key trends in voting behviour, for example how did ethnic minorites/women/social class/age vote?
9. If people don’t vote, how else can they participate in politics?
10. How many members do the main three parties have?

There are other groups which influence politics in UK and around the world. What are the following and give an example a think tank and pressure group?
11. Lobbying
12. Think tanks
13. Pressure groups

Some useful reading and links for the above

What is politics and what can I do with it? This is just for info – no work!  (a personal favourite)!

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