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  1. Description of Citizenship Activity Describe how you participated in a school or community based activity.

    Signature: Date: Centre Marks Section 1: Planning (AO3) max mark 10 Section 2: Activity Log (AO1) max mark 10 Section 3: Communication (AO2) max mark 10 Section 4: Evaluation (AO3) max mark 10 Total: max mark 40 Response Form Section One: Planning * Describe how you planned the different stages in your activity * Outline your contribution to the activity * Refer to the contributions, views and experiences of others. Planning Stages: Before we started the activity in the main hall, we had to plan what we were going to do, and find information to do it.

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  2. The Rwandan genocide.

    During this time, the Belgians had granted the Tutsis with wealth and noble status, which thus left the Hutus as an inferior race. As a result, a lot of problems started to rise in terms of distributing power equally between the two groups. However, in the late 1962 when Rwanda gained independence from Belgium, the Hutus began to dominate due to their overwhelming population. Therefore, the majority seized power and reversed the roles, thus oppressing the Tutsis through systematic discrimination and acts of violence.

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  3. Peace and Justice

    Within a community, people strive for peace to establish security, harmony, and tranquility. All of these are essential for justice to prevail, which constitutes to a functioning society. Peace being the prime foundation for justice stabilizes a community to be neutral and calm, as justice would have no purpose to serve. Mahatma Gandhi is a prime example of a major figure to India, who represents peace through his actions, while delivering justice. Through his methods of Satyagraha-the resistance of tyranny through mass civil disobedience, outlines the focus of peace; actions speak louder than words.

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  4. Barrack Obama Pro Choice

    My reason for my decision. 5. Conclusion Revised Outlline (Changes are highlighted in yellow) Barrack Obama On Abortion 1. Introduction a. Reasons for his belief. b. Where he thinks the focus of attention should be instead of on abortion. 2. Reducing teen pregnancy a. Abstinence. b. Planned Parenthood. 3. The decision to terminate is not a casual decision. a. Trusting women enough to let them make their own decisions. b. Moral issues. c. Protecting a woman's right to choose.

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  5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the devolution process in Scotland and Wales?

    Devolution was intended to restore legitimacy to a system of government which had appeared unable to reflect Scottish preferences since 1979. Since the introduction of devolution there has been much evidence to suggest that Scots are in support of the changes that have occurred. In 2003, six years after the Scotland Act, support for devolution is still in the majority, remaining the most popular constitutional option at around 55%. In the 1997 referendum 74.3% voted in favour of devolution, showing a clear majority. Demand for self-government had grown significantly in the run up to the passing of the devolution acts.

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  6. Why do Liberals think Democracy can Prevent War

    . . ] But, on the other hand, in a constitution which is not republican, and under which the subjects are not citizens, a declaration of war is the easiest thing in the world to decide upon, because war does not require of the ruler . . . the least sacrifice . . . (as cited in Doyle, 1983, p. 88) In other words, in a democratic state when the issue of war is at hand, the decision-makers are going to be a lot more considerate to how going to war would affect the citizenry than would a dictator, because the people

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  7. Realism and World Politics

    Aware of the ineluctable tension between the moral command requirements of successful political action. 5. Moral aspirations of states vary. 6. Maintain the autonomy of the political sphere. (p. 7-14) Realism differs from liberalism in that according to realist theory, states are primarily motivated by maximizing their own interests, particularly military or economic power and security, whereas Liberalism doesn't view international relations as a tense struggle for power between states so much as a system in which states are interdependent on each other for economic growth and security, and that an international society binds states and the people living in them together.

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  8. Assess the effectiveness of methods other than direct action which a pressure group may exert.

    Pressure groups can suggest bills themselves but cannot actually table them as only MPs can. Although it is sometimes hard to influence the MPs to agree with their aims so the effectiveness is limited The next most important non direct protest of an 'insider' pressure group is influencing Private Member's Bills. Pressure groups can try to influence one of the twenty backbench MPs who are drawn from a ballot to agree with their aims and put forward a Private Member's Bill in their favour.

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  9. Unemployment in teens

    Those who have completed four or more years of post-secondary education earn $300 a week more than a person with just a high school education. That is $15, 600 a year more. Three quarters of those under the age of 25 who have received unemployment insurance have no post -secondary education. Today�(tm)s jobs require a higher level of education and skill , the employment prospects for these young people could continue to decline. It is predicted that all jobs created between 1990 and 2000 will require more than sixteen years of education.

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  10. Competition & Society.

    It is just the desire to win that inevitably brings about the competition. Society benefits from such competition, whether it is among individuals, teams, companies, groups or political parties. The pressure that accompanies competition as well as the fear of being emulated can incite and motivate one to study or work harder and bring his potential to the maximum extent in his pursuit to success, no matter he is in a college, an enterprise or an institution. Thus the society, which is the aggregation of individuals, will work and function more efficiently and effectively, and its productivity will be significantly enhanced.

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  11. The Labour Governement

    World economic output continued to decline until 1932 when it clinked bottom at 50% of its 1929 level. Unemployment soared, in the United States it peaked at 24.9% in 1933. It remained above 20% for two more years, reluctantly declining to 14.3% by 1937. It then leapt back to 19% before its long-term decline. Since most households had only one income earner the equivalent modern unemployment rates would likely be much higher. Real economic output (real GDP) fell by 29% from 1929 to 1933 and the US stock market lost 89.5% of its value.

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  12. Party system in India

    Interest Aggregation means the process by which a party brings together various viewpoints on an issue. A party develops enough common ideas among enough people so that pressure can be brought to bear upon the political system. Interest Communication is the basic function of a political party to engage regularly with the public at large, educate and persuade it about the merits and demerits of what its government is doing or not doing. Political parties in India today have to simultaneously attend multiple tasks.

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  13. Free essay

    The House Of Lords

    'The Salisbury Doctrine' was a convention by the Conservative leader of the Lord, Lord Salisbury, 1945. "Since Labour government had a mandate (permission) to introduce policies such as nationalism and welfare state, Lords should not oppose them at Second Reading". In a Scrutinising role, the House of Lords has no structure of departmental select committees. The HoL can set up committees to investigate particular policy areas or subjects. Select Committees on European Communities The European Committees have 6 subs - committees. A Select Committee investigates Euro policies which raise important questions of policy or principles. It could consider 'merits' of proposals as well as detail and also employ specialist advisors if need be.

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  14. Ghana- Drop the Debt

    The Government wanted to invest money in industry, better living standards, education, health, dams and roads. All these improvements would help Ghana to expand faster. The only problem was that the country was not wealthy enough to complete these changes so they needed to borrow money. At the time, this did not need to cause concern, many countries took out loans and Ghana was offered low interest rates known as a soft loan. This meant less money was added to the original figure so Ghana would be losing a smaller amount. The government borrowed money from many different suppliers such as the World Bank, IMF, high street banks and even other governments.

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    George W. Bush more like T. Roosevelt as opposed to Taft and Wilson

    As Bush sent the troops over to Iraq quickly and in great numbers, the administration sent a candid and stern message. The United States would not stand for an attack on its soil, and those who did so would receive grave punishment for their actions. This message echoes the morals behind the "big Stick" policy. Just as Theodore Roosevelt once said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." Theodore Roosevelt believed that power was an important and unavoidable thing in foreign affairs.

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  16. Bordeaux - it's wine and port, in English and French.

    il a une population de 1.200.000. en France on le conna�t pour �tre le capital de l'industrie vinicole du monde, et on le consid�re l'espace de l'Europe complexe et de recherche en mati�re et de construction militaires principaux d'a�ronautique. Wine: The Bordeaux region of France is the second largest wine-growing area in the world with Over 700 million bottles of Bordeaux wine produced every year.

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    It was estimated of about 600,000 Jews flee from various Arab states (History in a Nutshell - http://www.conceptwizard.com/conen/conflict_2.html). Nevertheless, from 1987-1991, and in 2000, 'Intifada' - which are Palestinian armed rebellions, occurred (Can the Palestinian/Israeli conflict be solved by Peace talks? - Keeping peace in the world, Watts 2006) This Palestinian uprising were set up by Yasser Arafat and in 1963 the Arab League established the Palestine Liberation Organisation (Kay Prag- Israel and the Palestinian Territories, 2002) this led to hostility to both sides.

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  18. The media plays an important role in society. What is its role and to what extent is it independent and why is it important to maintain freedom of speech?

    Generally people think that the media can do whatever they want but ask yourself, who buys the newspapers? Who watches the news? Do we have to buy and watch the news and things they publish? The general public who are on the receiving end are in control. The media can only be successful with people being interested in their articles. Media is only successful if it produces programmes or articles that the 'people' like - therefore the people control the media.

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  19. Free essay

    Have modern Liberals abandoned individualism and embraced collectivism?

    Thus the modern liberal case for government is based on a belief in developmental individualism (linked to human flourishing), and positive freedom (viewed as personal fulfilment). The modern liberal case for state intervention is an equivocal one: they only support intervention when individuals can't help themselves, usually because of social disadvantage. A further view could be that modern liberalism is characterised by an attempt to reconcile individualism with collectivism. Collectivism is the belief that collective social action is morally and practically superior to individual self-striving.

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  20. Critical Commentary on Two Articles - Cannabis

    This is a huge number of teenage cannabis users and clearly shows that the drug needs to be focused on more and the teenagers need some sort of rehabilitation to help them stop. It goes onto say that once teenagers get involved in the drug culture they become dependant on it and begin to steal money so they can continue to buy the drug. There are many different opinions quoted within the first article. The Government have arguments for and against the link between teenage crimes and cannabis smoking.

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  21. Martin Luther King Project

    MLK's family was religious, so every Sunday MLK would go to church and hear his father speaking. MLK studied and before he was 15 he had already started college. By the time he was 18 he had followed his father and had become a minister. When MLK finished college he went to Boston to study some more. It was in Boston that he met his future wife, Coretta Scott. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott got married in June of 1953.

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  22. Citizenship coursework "A topical Issue"

    The first article is written by Heather Tomlinson. In the article which is called, "if mice could talk" she wrote that if animal testing was banned completely by someone like the government it would cut down the development of new effective drugs for diseases, which would be bad as these diseases are deadly and drugs need to be found to cure them. She also thinks that the violent animal rights protesters are making the most impact in the debate because the protesters are interrupting the debate and making a mess of it, and she doesn't think this is fair.

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  23. Gun control

    The media today promotes the use of guns through movies and advertisements. Since television can be shown to the general audience, anyone can easily be influenced to use guns. For example, children can be in danger because of guns shown through cartoons that can be represented as destruction, which can corrupt the minds of the young. If gun control is not fully in effect, kids can also be in danger of using guns, in the future. The Virginia Tech incident is another example which greatly supports the reason why gun control should be strictly enforced.

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  24. citizenship data task

    And it was a group activity as we were a team of 6 girls. The planning stages Date Actions Who involved? Success Criteria Completed? 1. Do research on Kenya - unanimously agreed that we would all go and do some research on Keny All group members Each member of the group has done some sort of research and brought it with them 2. Go and visit the children at Turnfurlong and find out anything about the school and children - Amy, Sarah and Sheena volunteered to go and do this Sheena Amy Sarah A written or verbal report is produced

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  25. The prime minister n the cabinet

    Some of the senior politicians may be rivals with the prime minister for his job (i.e. Gordon Brown) and he may have to allow them to have the posts that they want so as to not be in competition with him. Also these senior politicians have their own supporters in the party so can have a great influence in government i.e. Blair camp and Brown camp. Secondly some senior ministers may feel that the prime minister is not listening to their views and changing the agenda to avoid controversial or matters that he knows he has done wrong on.

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