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Title: Advanced Higher Modern Studies - Choosing a Study Theme


1
Planning Step 1 Choosing a Study Theme
2
Planning Step 1 -The Study Theme
Step 2 Choosing the issue
Step 1 Choosing the Study Theme
Step 3 Brainstorming Making a mind map
Step 8 Description justification of RMs
The Dissertation
Step 4 What research methods?
Step 7 Introduction Aims
Step 5 Drawing up a plan or structure
Step 6 Introduction Context
3
Choosing a Study Theme
  • Study Theme 1
  • Comparative Politics
  • Study Theme 2
  • Law and Order
  • Study Theme 3
  • The European Union

4
Context AFunctions of Political Parties
  • The nature, role, organisation, ideologies and
    electoral success of the main political parties
    within the political systems.
  • Analyse the role of and the advantages/disadvantag
    es of two-party and multi-party systems.
  • Understand the importance of sectional interests
    within the systems.

Study Theme 1 Comparative Politics
5
Context BFunctions of Elections
  • Understand how the electoral system functions and
    their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Explain how the electoral systems interact with
    political parties in forming governments.
  • Analyse the major influences on electoral
    behaviour main theories and trends in recent
    elections.

Study Theme 1 Comparative Politics
6
Context CDecision-making in Central Government
  • Understand the role of the main institutions
    within the structure of central government and
    the process of decision-making.
  • Analyse the main influence on decision-making in
    central government including links with pressure
    groups, the media and public opinion.
  • Examine key issues in decision-making and demands
    for change, such as the need for a written
    constitution, demands for change to political
    structures and the role of a Bill of Rights for
    the individual.

Study Theme 1 Comparative Politics
7
Context DCentral Devolved State Government
  • Understand the structures of central and
    devolved/state governments in the UK and either
    the USA or Germany.
  • Analyse the main influences on policy-making and
    its implementation in devolved governments in the
    UK and state governments in either the USA or
    Germany.
  • Examine the differences in the relationships
    between the central and devolved governments in
    the UK and federal state governments in either
    the USA or Germany.

Study Theme 1 Comparative Politics
8
Context ATheories of law and order
  • Understand the nature and role of laws and values
    underpinning laws.
  • Analyse the nature and limits of individual
    rights in the UK.
  • Explain the concept of responsibility and duty
    within the framework of law and order.

Study Theme 2 Law Order
9
Context BCrime and public disorder in the UK
  • Understand the causes of different types of
    crime.
  • Explain the relationship between crime rates and
    factors such as location, social class, poverty,
    unemployment.
  • Analyse the social and economic effects of crime
    on individuals and groups.

Study Theme 2 Law Order
10
Context C Responses to crime and public
disorder in the UK
  • Understand the role of the police, specific
    approaches to policing and the justice system in
    dealing with crime.
  • Analyse the response of government to issues
    concerning law and order.
  • Examine the policies of the main political
    parties with regard to law and order.

Study Theme 2 Law Order
11
Context DThe Legal System
  • Understand the main theories of deterrence,
    punishment and rehabilitation.
  • Analyse the effectiveness of the penal system
    and its different forms of treatment and
    punishment for young offenders, in the UK.
  • Examine the arguments for and against reform of
    the UK penal system,making comparisons with the
    system in at least one other country.

Study Theme 2 Law Order
12
Context A The UK and European Decision-making
process
  • Understand the policies of the major political
    parties in the UK towards the EU and the UKs
    involvement in it.
  • Understand the attitudes of the governments of
    major EU members towards the UK and UK membership
    of the EU.
  • Analyse the causes and consequences of conflict
    between the UK and the EU.

Study Theme 3 The European Union
13
Context B Representation in the European
Parliament
  • Explain the processes involved in elections to
    the European Parliament in the UK and in other
    member states.
  • Understand the nature of political groupings
    within the functional structure and organisation
    of the European Parliament.
  • Analyse the role of the European Parliament in
    the wider EU decision-making process.

Study Theme 3 The European Union
14
Context C Decision-making in the European Union
  • Understand the functions and relative powers of
    the Council of Ministers and the the Commission,
    and their relative importance with the European
    Parliament.
  • Analyse the importance of Inter-Governmental
    Conferences and Summit Meetings.
  • Examine the nature of the main groupings of
    states within the EU and the purpose of these
    groupings.

Study Theme 3 The European Union
15
Context D The European Union and the Wider World
  • Understand the arguments for and against
    expansion of the EU.
  • Explain the relationship between the EU and other
    major economic blocs and the developing world.
  • Analyse the function and organisation of the
    Western European Union.

Study Theme 3 The European Union
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