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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).

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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: women?s right, ecological justice and environment protection, human rights of ethnic, religious, race, and sexual minorities? movements for citizens? 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 politicians?.

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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 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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.

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  10. Analysis: Woodrow Wilson

    Thesis "The story of the rejection of the League of Nations revolves largely around the personality and character of Woodrow Wilson, the twenty-eighth President of the United States. Born in Virginia and reared in the Yankee-gutted Georgia and the Carolinas, Wilson early developed a burning hatred of war and a passionate attachment to the Confederate-embraced principle of self-determination for minority peoples."(Oates 158). Woodrow Wilson wanted to be a man of the people, even at a young age. He wasn't a big fan of violence or wars, yet he had to lead the American nation into World War I.

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  11. Analysis: Andrew Carnegie

    He began with nothing and used his drive and intelligence to become the world's richest man for his time. At the height of his power, he sold out his holdings and dedicated his remaining years expending his fortune to aid his fellow human beings ("Andrew Carnegie."3). Thesis "Toward the end of his days...Andrew Carnegie was already a kind of national legend. His meteoric rise, the scandals and successes of his industrial generalship---all this was blurred into nostalgic memory...He had begun, in true Horatio Alger fashion, at the bottom; he had ended, in a matter that would put Alger's novels to shame, at the very pinnacle of success (Oates 58).

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  12. Is Global Warming Real?

    from www.wordnetweb.edu. From these meanings we can all agree that global warming is the increase in the earth's average temperature, but it doesn't state what the cause is, nature or man-kind disaster. It was in 1880's when weather records were first recorded, with this information scientists have been able to compare and track the changes in the weather and climate. Some scientists have concluded that the earth's temperature has always increased but over the last few decades it has increased at a more rapid rate.

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  13. First Love - Love Poetry Coursework

    She speaks on behalf of all women, and issues her response. In the first three stanzas, she looks at, and mentions the typical role of women in society at the time the poem was written. She claims she would reject the proposal if she is dominated and used by her husband. This is typical of how women were treated in society at the time, as they were used to look good for their husbands, cook, clean, and run the family.

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  14. Alternative sources of energy

    To understand how many people are aware about different alternative sources of energy, I conducted a survey, whose results are below: From the result it is apparent that most of the people are aware about fossil fuels and solar energy but not the rest. The awareness has to be brought amongst them. But now due to excessive utilization of fossil fuels, they are slowly terminating. On the other hand when we burn fossil fuels excessive amount of carbon-dioxide is emitted which is leading to holes in the ozone layer.

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  15. Is the Survival of a society dependent on Fate or Human Choice?

    Jeffrey Sachs and Jared Diamond have contrasting ideas on the significance of the environment and how it affects societies. While Jeffery Sachs seems to underestimate its significance, Diamond gives it too much credit. Jeffery Sachs gives six reasons in his book, The End of Poverty as to why societies "takeoff" and develop, or, lag on and remain in their poorly developed state. Some of the reasons mentioned by Sachs include: social mobility, political factors and fertility rates. Sachs did include physical geography as one of the factors as well; although, wouldn't one say that geography is at the root of all six of those revelations?

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  16. Evil Surrounds Us

    Both stories deal with the progression of evil. Both children and adults are drawn to the evil side. They will do anything to get what they want, even if it means becoming murderers. Evil can escalade in transforming humans into savages. Every human being is drawn to the evil side, young or old. Evil is a common theme expressed in both Lord of the Flies and Macbeth. A person can be influenced due to his exposure to a type of environment. In the first novel by William Golding, Ralph is driven to stay in control of himself. The antagonist, Jack, is opposed to Ralph's self control. From the beginning, Jack has a feeling of disobedience among the group.

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  17. Unsur-unsur utama dalam Falsafah Pendidikan Guru dan implikasinya kepada jati diri seorang guru.

    Di Malaysia, Falsafah Pendidikan Negara telah diumumkan secara rasminya pada tahun 1988. Nama Falsafah Pendidikan Negara (FPN) ini seterusnya ditukar kepada Falsafah Pendidikan Kebangsaan (FPK) sebagai usaha menaik taraf sistem pendidikan di Malaysia.Falsafah Pendidikan Kebangsaan ini digubal berpandukan beberapa faktor iaitu agama, ekonomi, individu, sosial, politik dan juga faktor sejagat. Faktor-faktor yang telah disenaraikan dalam Falsafah Pendidikan Kebangsaan mempunyai matlamat yang tersendiri yang perlu dicapai. Oleh sebab yang demikian, semua aktiviti, perancangan dan pencapaian hendaklah selaras dengan kehendak Falsafah Pendidikan Kebangsaan. Terdapat banyak unsur-unsur yang boleh kita ketengahkan dalam Falsafah Pendidikan Kebangsaan .

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  18. The Road

    They're far enough away so he can run if he has to. He looks over his shoulder: they're trotting now. He speeds up, breaks into a jog (267)." Jimmy knew that the pigoons were out to get him and felt betrayed. But by this point Jimmy has gotten use to being not good enough and betrayed. His mother had betrayed him when she left and anything he did for his father was never good enough. Jimmy finally knew that he could not go near the pigoons because they planned on killing him and he wasn't going to let them without trying to escape.

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  19. Internship Journal

    For someone who, at that stage, had not yet completed their entire public relations degree and had only little experience in a PR firm, I was pushed well outside of my comfort zone, and hence had to scramble to keep up. In doing so, I gained the degree of independence required to participate successfully in, and gain the most from an internship process. Throughout my three months at the Sydney Kings, I have been encouraged to understand and perform the full range of tasks required by a PR professional.

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  20. Education Philosophy

    The philosophy I have is originated from the separate philosophy branches: metaphysics, epistemology and axiology. The definition of education is described as mainly information obtained through the instruction and learning in the classroom. This is usually relevant to academics learned within the school system. Growing up, education is an essential part of our lives from the time a person enters kindergarten until the same person graduates high school. Most people do not see that education is all around us each and everyday of our lives.

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  21. Analysis of Thomas More's Utopia

    The mere fact that the speech flow is truncated causes the General to sound like an uncivilized and uneducated individual, in what is seemingly a perfect society of both civilized persons and great minds (intelligentsia) - thus, the irony. This leads the reader to either find entertainment, or humour in it (as the translation would be found to be silly by uneducated readers), or take deep meaning in the ambiguous alphabet. To further add a sense of realism, the letter written by More that portrays one Gilles' writing to Busleiden, is included at the beginning of the book.

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  22. W.B Yeat's Essay

    Yeats begins his poem with images of nature that are clearly inspired by earlier Romantic poets. He uses symbolism in choosing Autumn, the season of change as the context for his vision of the swans, 'the tress are in their autumn beauty,' to highlight that he too is in the 'autumn' of his life. The transformation that the swans inspire however, is spiritual rather than physical one.Yeats uses the technique of the active verb 'mirrors' in, 'the water mirrors the still sky,' to highlight a sense of interconnectedness between the earth and the sky.

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  23. Childhood Memories

    Some students already had a reputation of being very `popular' while some were trying to fit in. I was one of those students. However, as time went by, I started to fit in more with cliques and different groups of friends. It sounded great however; being popular also comes with consequences. There are rumors that could be spread about you or someone else with your name in it. Well, that's what happened to me. I was a friend of a student named Lorena.

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  24. The Prisoner OF Tehran

    I began writing about my days in Evin (Tehran's notorious political prison) about the torture, pain, death and all the suffering I had never been able to talk about." These quotations show how the writer becomes restless to share he feelings of sadness in her effectively described words about pain that troubles her day and night. Nemat's ruined childhood began when there was a ring at the door at an unusual time of the day. Marina was about to have a bath, instead she was suddenly taken to the horrific place no one would talk about; the most shocking time of her life began.

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  25. Loneliness is a major theme in the novel.

    Crook is suffering from discrimination that is based on his race; many people on the ranch are prejudice against him. He's isolated from everyone and just because he is black he is not allowed in the bunkhouse. When Lennie goes to his room, Crooks tells him that because he isn't wanted in the bunkhouse with the others, nobody is welcomed in his room, "I ain't wanted in the bunk house, and you ain't wanted in my room," (Steinbeck 68). Crooks is treated as an outsider and is constantly excluded from everything because of the color of his skin it deprives him of the things that other workers on the ranch are able to enjoy, he is limited of everything.

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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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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss the statement " Art changes the world as much as government and politicians do"

    "In conclusion I agree with the statement that “Artists have a say, and what they say can change the world as much as politician can” even though politics and government have a bigger impact in our society as it’s 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 people’s 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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