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How to Stretch Yourself in 
POLITICS 

PLACES TO VISIT 

How to get involved in Politics

  • BCP Youth Forum - discussing local issues fortnightly on Wednesdays 

  • Poole and Parkstone Debating Society 

  • Run for Youth Parliament 

  • Share informative posts on social media

For any questions, ask the History & Politics department or your Politics Prefects!

 Survive a week in UK politics and keep your party, voters and the media happy. The game gives a virtual taste of life as an MP. Highlighting the range and value of MPs’ work!

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TIPS FROM A CURRENT A-LEVEL POLITICS PREFECT 

  • Keep up to date with current events and issues by watching the news daily - it can make your examples in essays much stronger 

  • Read and consume media from all people and organisations across the political spectrum as this challenges your perceptions 

  • Be evaluative across all your essays by considering the strengths and weaknesses 

  • Get involved! Visit that museum or be part of that local action group - the best way to experience democracy in action is to be a part of it 

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Enrichment on the WEB: Journals/articles/TED talks etc..

Develop your knowledge on all things Parliament with a range of articles and videos to explain the UK political process:

 

  • Listen to the Economist’s “Checks and Balance” weekly podcast on American Politics:

       

 

  • Check out SCOTUS blog: for up to date news on US Supreme Court cases with independent analysis.

  • Access interesting articles and videos for international relations and politics on the ‘Oxford University Politics Blog’; there are always some excellent materials related Politics:

  • Podcasts on lots of different topics: 

  • Overview and Introduction to American Government:

Extended READING Suggestions

   

American Elections

- ‘Race of a Lifetime’ by Heilemann & Halperin – How Obama won in 2008

- ‘Shattered’ by Allen & Parnes – Hillary’s loss in 2016

- ‘The Making of a President by Stone – How Trump won in 2016

- UnPresidented by Sopel – The 2020 election

 

Behind the Politics

- Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again by Trump

- The Untold History of the United States by Stone and Kuznick

- What will it take to make a woman president? By Schnall

- The ‘Obama’ Collection

- Dreams from my Father

- A Promised Land

- The Audacity of Hope

 

Political Ideas

- An Introduction to Political Philosophy by Wolff

- 50 Politics Classics by Butler-Bowdon

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