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Advanced Level Sociology  : WJEC Eduqas:  Politics Option


 The  WJEC Eduqas examination board has  provided  excellent new specifications from 2015 for AS Sociology and Advanced Level Sociology. There are separate Specifications  for Welsh and Non-Welsh centres. There are some variations in the organisation and content of these Specifications but in each case Politics may be studied as an optional topic in Year 2. Also as expected the course for Welsh Centres gives some considerable emphasis to aspects of Welsh Politics

You may  click here  to access the Specification for Welsh Centres and  click here to access the Specification for Non-Welsh centres.

Also you may click here for resources provided by Eduqas for the WJEC courses

I am very pleased to include a new link to resources kindly contributed  by Steve Bassett of the Sociology Department of Park College Eastbourne. You may now visit Steve's Park College Sociology Department You Tube Page for excellent materials on Political Sociology  These Politics resources were developed for the pre-2015 Sociology specification but with a little updating are still useful for the new current specification.

You may also    click here for  resources on Social Differentiation and Stratification which is a compulsory topic in Year 2 of both versions of the WJEC Eduqas Specification  


Part One: PowerPoint Presentations on Voting Behaviour

Voting Behaviour in the UK : A Four Part Presentation

Part A : Electoral Stability and Party Identification 1945-1970

Part B: Models of Voting Behaviour

Part C: Social Influences on Voting and Non-Voting

Part D: Voting Behaviour: Some Further Information on the General Elections of 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2005

IPSOS MORI comprehensive coverage of the 2010 General Election


Part Two: Teaching Notes

Political Parties and Pressure Groups

Pressure Groups: Some Introductory Information     

Functions of Political Parties

The Mass Media

Pluralist and Marxist Theories of the Mass Media: An Introduction NEW March 2015

The State

Introducing the State, Power, Authority and Coercion 

Introductory Presentation on Theories of the State [Very useful external link] NEW September 2012

The State [ A PowerPoint Presentation from Mr. Stephen Base of Verulam School]

Introducing Marxist Theories of the State [PowerPoint] NEW February 2012

Marxist Theories of the State [More detailed notes ] NEW February 2012


Link to Prof. Frank Elwell's Presentation on C.W. Mills [Middle Section has good information on Power Elite Theory]

Link to Prof. G. W. Domhoff's site: Who Rules America  NEW October 2012

Link to "Who Rules America?" [Seven Part US Documentary via You Tube] NEW January 2013

The Rich in America [G. W. Domhoff video via You Tube] NEW February 2013

Classical Pluralism, Elite Pluralism , Neo-Pluralism and the State

Click here for the December 2013 edition of Discover Society which contains very useful information on Wealth, Class and Power NEW December 2013

Sex and Power 2013: Who runs Britain?  [ For the Counting Women in Coalition 2013]

Sex and Power 2014 : Who runs Britain ? [for the Counting Women In Coalition 2014] NEW September 2014

Click here for some recent information from Democratic Audit on trends in political affiliations of the British press NEW December 2013

Voting Behaviour

Voting Behaviour [1]: Part A: Electoral Stability, Party Identification and Social Class 1945-1970  and Part B: Non- Class Influences on Voting Behaviour 1945-2010

Voting Behaviour [2]:  Part A:  Models of Voting Behaviour  and Part B: The General Elections of 1992 and 1997 

Voting Behaviour [3]: The General Elections of 1997, 2001 and 2005: Some Comparisons.

.[The above document now includes  links to IPSOS MORI coverage of the 2010 General Election.]

The UK General Election of May 6th 2010   

The UK Economy : Background to the UK 2010 General Election [External links only]  

 The UK General Election of May 7th 2015: Links

The UK General Election of June 8th 2017: Links


Part Three: Essays and Assignments

Assignment: Voting Behaviour and Social Class 1992 -2010