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dannymanng
Politics and Society for 5th and 6th Year OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL

Hey everyone just wondering if I am taking 7 subjects at HL, would it be a good idea to take on Politics and Society for my LC outside of school because I might drop honours maths and then I can include P&S for my best 6 subjects. Note I have a genuine interest in Politics and Government etc and I do well in CSPE


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bonbon29
bonbon29
hi. i looked back at past exam papers and tbh it looks very easy. The course work to be done outside of school is manageable. It really is the leaving cert version of CSPE and also not many students either take it or know about it with of 1.5% of students sitting LC doing it and the majority of them received H1 OR H2 which sounds great. So yeah i'd totally do it if you were willing to put in the work and if your interested in that stuff. Good luck I'm sure you'll revive a high mark :)
alisas1612
I'm in 6th year and I study PolSoc and I would say it is a manageable course to do yourself outside of school, as the course is non linear and is v flexible. 3 main things that are essential to PolSoc (on top of the theory in the textbook) are research/data, Keythinkers (ie. the 16 named political theorists/ social commentators/ professors/ anthropologists on the course) and Discursive essay writing. Section A of the exam is short answer Qs (with a choice of Qs) and is mainly based on theory in the textbook such as sustainable development, power & decision making (school, national, international), human rights, electoral systems, political theory, political representation, the role of the media, globalisation & identity, global development etc.... Sometimes Keythinkers can come up in Sec A but not much.
alisas1612
Section B on the exam is the Data Based Question where you examine given data in a report/ infographic and challenge it/ outline the strengths/ weaknesses in such data, similar to the data based Q in CSPE exam). The 16 or so KeyThinkers are extremely important as you must have a broad knowledge and understanding of their backgrounds, notable work, key ideas and key concepts to do well in the exam (bringing them into your essay). The other imoportant part to the PolSoc course is discursive essay writing, (Section C to the exam) which is pretty much not found anywhere else in the LC (apart from English however it rarely comes up). Discursive essay writing in politics takes a lot of practice over time and is not something you can't learn off. It requires presenting your own argument with the inclusion of supporting evidence (qualitative/quantitative) to back up your argument. You must also present the work and ideas of a keythinker/ other political theorist who would support your claims (2 of which must be named on the course) and also present the opposing argument from a different keythinker and challenge it (if you're aiming for a high grade). There are 2 discursive essays to complete in the exam out of a choice of 6 (each about 600-700 words, so not too long, I recommend being as concise as possible with the essays while making sure you are hitting the right points and what is required of you, you usually don't need to worry about wordcoount, such as in English).
alisas1612
There is also the Citizenship Project which is worth 20% of you're overall grade and the report is about 1900 words (it requires a lot of research while also applying the key learning concepts from the course to your research, while also engaging in an act of 'citizenship' such as lobbying a local politican, presentation to the yeargroup, informing an organisation of your findings & make recommendations etc...). I think its still well doable to do outside of school, but I would recommend grinds from a PolSoc teacher. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that there's a lot more to it than meets the eye initially from the exam (as per the comment above does) but if you're willing to work at it then go for it!
alisas1612
Some sample essay titles would be "Mass media acts as the unofficial 'fourth branch' of government." Do you agree or disagree with this statement? "Define what is meant by 'patriarchy' an illustrate the view that, in a patriarchy, gender is an important way of categorising who has and who has not got power." "Can human rights truly be regarded as being universal, inalienable and indivisible when it comes to civil & political and/or economic, social % cultural rights?" "The PR-STV electoral system results in a more representative government" Discuss with examples from ROI... "Representative democracy is the best, fairest and most efficient form of government." Evaluate this statement...
alisas1612
"Sometimes the rights of the individual need to be set aside to protect the rights of the majority." "The education system can act to reinforce under-representation and existing inequalities within Irish society, such as class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and religion." Do you agree with this statement? "Schools operate on the basis of a social contract." "To what extent does the development of a strong sense of nationalism and ethnic identity create more beneficts or risks for society?" "Examine the process of national policy making in Ireland" "The regulation of the new media urgently needs to be addressed to protect the rights of the user?" Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
alisas1612
I've misread your post. If you're planning on taking it for 5th AND 6th year then go for it (I thought you said 6th year only which would be more difficult to do).
grxinnef
grxinnef
I do PolSoc outside of school but with a grinds teacher. I wouldn't suggest doing it completely by yourself. It is one of those subjects that you can't really study for, it is not learning off information. The course is very complex. It's about analysing and interpreting and without a teacher that would be very hard.
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