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    Should Cannabis be legalised in the UK?

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    or hot drinks. Taking Cannabis orally means that the active ingredients are absorbed slowly into the bloodstream and take an hour or two to produce their strongest effect, which may then last for 2 to 6 hours, again depending on strength and amount ingested. The effects of cannabis depend upon the amount used, its strength, the circumstances and the expectations of the user (this is because the effects of using cannabis are also physiologically, not physically, altering the way you think).

    • Essay length: 1500 words
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    Discuss the statement " Art changes the world as much as government and politicians do"

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    There are five specific areas where civil society has made very important political and social contributions. These are: womenâs right, ecological justice and environment protection, human rights of ethnic, religious, race, and sexual minoritiesâ movements for citizensâ participation and accountable governance and resistance and protest against unjust economic globalisation. We need political systems and politician to provide an environment where societies can prosper, and where the wealth generated by that prosperity can be used for the good of all. Political systems provide infrastructure, protection, law, and education. However you could argue that the arts and more importantly have just as much influence as the world around us as politiciansâ.

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    Should scientific research be restricted in any way?

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    Firstly, scientific research is the solution to palliate poverty. Science is the golden path to alleviating poverty and brings success to many of the developing countries in our world today. Through scientific research, new and more effective ways of doing things are being uncovered. For an economy, new and improved ways minimize the cost of production, maximize the output with improved technology and thus, increasing revenue. The economy of a country is brought to a greater height and more profits can be earned. For example, in the 1960s, Singapore faced an economy downfall due to great competition from stronger powers.

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    The Global Problem of Counterfeit Medicine

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    * Patches that are stuck to skin (called transdermal patches) * Tablets that are placed under the tongue (called sublingual medicines; the medication is absorbed into blood vessels and enters the bloodstream) * Injections (shots) or intravenous (inserted into a vein) medications Counterfeit medicines What is a counterfeit drug? The term "counterfeit drug" has many meanings because of many countries have varying definitions on it, for example; The Pakistan Manual of Drug Laws is different to the Philippines Republic Act No.

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    The internet should be implemented into all educational sectors as a tool for learning Argumentative Essay

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    This essay will argue that use of the internet should increase intelligence, increase productivity, bring people closer together and keeps you entertained. However, there is information on the internet that has a negative impact, but through increased intelligence people can avoid this. Using the internet makes you more intelligent. Firstly, there are many websites and applications on the internet that can help you improve your intelligence. The introduction of the internet began to change the world that we live in, ebooks, databases, search engines, blogs, discussion boards, chat sites, and virtual classrooms all contributed as tools in making people more intelligent.

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    English as a global language - good or bad?

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    Scientific researchers have found out that in fact many small languages have already vanished, such as Xam, a Southern Khoisan language used by hunter gatherer communities of Southern Africa (source E). English may not be the world's most widely spoken native language, as Chinese, with 1151 million mother tongue speakers, nearly double the number of English mother tongue speakers (source D). Although as Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world, which is due to the large population of China; it's not considered a Global Language because very few people speak Mandarin outside the boundaries of China (source C).

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    Pro Speech- Capital Punishment

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    The first established death penalty laws date as far back as the Eighteenth Century B.C. in the code of King Hammurabi of Babylon, which codified the death penalty for 25 different crimes. Britain influenced America's use of the death penalty more than any other country. When European settlers came to the new world, they brought the practice of capital punishment. The first recorded execution in the new colonies was that of Captain George Kendall in the Jamestown colony of Virginia in 1608. Today, the death penalty continues to be an issue of controversy, but the number of people that are for the death penalty continues to grow.

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  8. Oprah Winfreys Influence in America

    After some time in Baltimore news and a local talk show she relocated to Chicago to host A.M. Chicago, a morning show. Within a month Oprah took the show to the number one rated talk show in the Chicago market, one of the top five markets in the country. In 1985 the show was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show. From that point on The Oprah Winfrey Show skyrocketed and is currently broadcasted to 144 countries. Oprah Winfrey is now present in all areas of the media. The mogul has founded O, The Magazine, on the web, and Oprah Radio which is located on Sirius XM Radio.

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  9. 'All art is propaganda of some form.' Discuss.

    Art in die form of literature could fall under propaganda. Writers are constantly seeking new ways of expressing themselves. If we look through the centuries we see that writing has changed a great deal. Word meanings have changed; what is not considered poetry in one age is the rage in- the next; what is banned as being offensive in one generation is hailed as a breakthrough in the next. It is obvious that in this form art may be accepted as propaganda. Somehow writers, through their writing, are able to persuade their readers to accept their new forms as breakthroughs and that is propaganda.

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  10. Analysing two articles on how the Internet is affecting how people think.

    He feels that something is changing in his brain and it is not working as it used to work. Carr admits that people's reading skills change when they use the Internet. He writes, "Once I was scuba driver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski." (534) He says that nowadays people cannot read long articles. They just skim entire pages to find the most important information. Also, he points out that he loses concentration when he reads. He starts to read something and after two pages, he looks for something different to do because he is too bored and lazy to finish his reading.

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  11. The title of the artwork is To Love Would Be So Sweet by Georges Rouault. The abstract concept that I chose to write about is love. I chose love because of the way the mother and child are positioned and how they are looking at each other.

    This is because people's feelings change. Love depends on people's ideas, interests and goals in life. The mother looking down at the child shows love because she has her arms around the child and the child is young that it looked like she was looking at the child and just hugging the child out of love. The gray background with the sharp faces on the mother and child shows love because, love is very forward and it does not hid behind things. The mother being placed high and the child being placed low shows love by the fact the mother is protecting the child.

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  12. Belonging in Sean Penns 2007 film Into the Wild and Shakespeares play As You Like It.

    Also, the transition from the high density of formal verse in the opening scenes to the more frequent use of prose, signifying acceptance and familiarity, towards the end reinforces this transition from tension and not belonging to unity. This harmonious ending is epitomized in the final scene in which 'these eight...take hands'. That the characters do form relationships there in which they belong is a clear indication that belonging is an innate part of the human condition. In essence, through the natural setting of the play, Shakespeare emphasises that belonging is a natural state of humanity.

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  13. Formal Report on Time Management. As part of my Study Skills portfolio, Julie Khamis has asked me to construct a weekly time table which is to include between twelve and sixteen hours of study time.

    Findings Weekday Audits * Fixed Time = 15.5 hrs = 64% * Moveable = 4.5 hrs = 19% * Leisure = 4 hrs = 17% Weekend Audits * Fixed Time = 16.5 hrs = 69% * Moveable = 3.5 hrs = 14% * Leisure = 4 hrs = 17% Weekly Timetable * Fixed Time = 130 hrs = 78% * Moveable = 14 hrs = 8% * Leisure = 10 hrs = 6% * Study = 14 hrs = 8% Conclusions From analyzing my findings I can see that most of my time is fixed (overall 78%).

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  14. Genetically Modified Food Report

    can be healthier with resistance to weeds, pests, and diseases and use fewer chemicals. However, it has been debated that the use of GM Foods is like playing God by mixing genes and creating health risks. There are (2) Recommendations specified in this report 1. GMOs are like "Super Foods" they are healthier for you with added Nutritional value. 2. Home grown or Organic foods can be more beneficial due to close monitoring of the food while growing in around the home. 4. Introduction This report outlines the use of Genetically Modified Foods, the positive and negative effects of the usage of Genetically Modified Foods and the results of the usage of Genetically Modified Foods.

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  15. Impact of music has on study for an adult leaner Report

    Information gained from this topic is through probability sampling and questionnaires. Face to face interviews was also considered to be used; however the questionnaires seemed to be enough for this particular research, so the in-depth interviews were left out. The information has been examined closely and is backed up by other various sources that relate to the topic. 5. Literature Review This literature review will be examining information retrieved through research methods to explain how listening to music while studying can have an impact on students of various age and gender.

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  16. Marijuana legalization

    The government spend extremely high amount of money in order to chase peaceful people who happen to like getting high. These are the people who go to jail and taxpayers have to foot the bill. A lot of money could be saved if marijuana was illegal. The government could collect taxes on it and have much more money to spend on other important things. Plus, if weed was legalized, that would increase the sale of paraphernalia which could also bring in more tax revenue and increase sales for local businesses as well as provide jobs to the unemployed, reducing the unemployment rate.

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    Según Beaupré (La Mesure en GRH: Etat des lieux, 2004) por ejemplo, "uno debe tener una mirada crítica y una reflexión metodológica sobre un gran número de publicaciones sobre este tema.

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  18. Belonging: Speech

    The movie "Ace Ventura 3" as belonging is present in the Ventura family by saving animals. And Cat Stevens's song "Father and Son" which tells a story of a son thinking he belongs somewhere other than home. These texts all have belonging passed down from generation to generation. You all know "Lifecycle", a poem by Bruce Dawe, that runs football parallel to religion. Football is the centre of belonging for the newborn children. In the opening line "When children are born in Victoria they are wrapped in the club-colours", it displays the use of hyperbole to emphasis the strength of the inherit belonging to a football club.

    • Essay length: 650 words
  19. How Australian society responded to vietnam war

    Australia felt that a communist takeover of South Vietnam would be a direct military threat to Australia. They also began to fear in the domino theory which meant that if Vietnam fell into a communist nation, so will its neighboring countries including Australia. Australia did not want to fall into a communist nation and in addition to the request for help made by the South Vietnamese government, Australia supported the war and troops were immediately sent to Vietnam. Older Australians which were part of the group called the Returned Servicemen's League also supported the war.

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  20. The Band Goes Marching On

    She comes from a wealthy family, whose value in women was about that of the servants they owned. Esmay was taught to worship her man, and that a woman's place was in the house, doing kitchen duties and laundry, and having everything perfect for when the man of the house returns home from a horrendously troubling day at the office. Along came my mother... Esmay never liked my mother, she called her a 'wicked' child, and told her that no man would ever want her. In Esmay's eyes, my mother was the closest thing to the devil that walked this earth.

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  21. A Change in Time

    Every morning, each member must wake up early to come to school and begin practice by 7:00 a.m. The musicians practice their formations and music until it is ready to present to an audience. They accomplish this through any weather condition, as well. The marching season spans from early August to late November, therefore presenting both sides of the temperature spectrum. Through the heat waves of summer and the bitter cold of late fall, I enjoying hearing the sweet sounds of the band echoing through the campus. During a performance, the members of the band also have to overcome "stage fright".

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  22. Critical Apreaciation - the bridge

    It also creates an appeasing atmosphere for the reader. Another lexical field which is represented in this excerpt is one of craftsmanship, skill and community. Indeed, this lexical field integrates words such as "workmanship", "engineering", "cabinetwork", "built", "carpenters", "working", "company, "men", "bridge", "worth doing" etc. This gives the reader the feeling that this bridge was not built just as a means of transportation over a stream but as what we have noted before : a meaning of interconnecting humans and nature.

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  23. Three Tea Essay

    He would be granted proper rest, only when he entered into the unmapped village of Korphe, an impoverished parish in Pakistan eight miles south of Askole. John Steinbeck, said it best in his 1939 novel, The Grapes of Wrath, "Whenever you're in trouble, hurt, or in need, go to poor people..." for Korphe, meat was rare, but Greg was given meat; sugar was rare, and they gave him sugar in the two cups of tea that he drank. This underdeveloped civilization offered the best of everything they had to this infidel, this stranger, and while the other villagers slept under thin worn wool, Greg slept beneath the finest possessions in Haji Ali's home.

    • Essay length: 1015 words
  24. Is it a good thing that english is beconing a dominant global language

    Firstly, the argument for the issue is that the growing influence of English benefits the international economy. Most countries today, for example, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, the UK and the USA, are eager to trade with other countries as it is more profitable to do so.

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  25. The Influence of Leaders

    Also, most leaders today are associated to politics and usually stand for one strong meaning, however the average, regular person can also be a leader to many. Past leaders are well known to many people. Throughout our lives we hear and learn about history and how it has changed humankind, most commonly in school. The qualities of becoming a leader seem to grow over time as present day leaders learn from past mistakes. An example of a past leader that caused a negative impact on many people is Hitler.

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General Studies is a mixture of studies of culture, politics, ethics, social studies, maths, science and technology, and with a range of subjects like that there's plenty of issues to keep you interested throughout. There'll be plenty of debates and the issues covered will be topical and relevant to your life.

It's difficult to know exactly what will be on the examination papers each year so it's important to keep abreast of what's happening in the news every week. The examinations will cover a range of topics and essay writing is a key skill to master. Marked by Teachers has a fabulous portfolio of essays and you'll find this resource of enormous benefit in learning how to plan and write the kind of examination answers that will succeed.

A number of Universities don't accept General Studies as an A level when considering admissions so it is important to assess your options. However if youare looking for an extra A level to take the knowledge and skills developed will prove useful if you are considering a degree in Social Studies or the humanities.


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  • Discuss the statement " Art changes the world as much as government and politicians do"

    "In conclusion I agree with the statement that âArtists have a say, and what they say can change the world as much as politician canâ even though politics and government have a bigger impact in our society as itâs more influential as every day we are currently on knowledge on the laws and news about government, on the other hand art can change the world as artist musician etc.. Have made a difference as they influenced peopleâs beliefs as they might change the way they see the world around them, and they might see life in a different prospective."

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