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For my Personal Research Study (PRS), I am going to research Capital Punishment.

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For my Personal Research Study (PRS), I am going to research Capital Punishment. Capital Punishment is about taking a life for a life(s). For example if you commit a crime like Murder and you are convicted of murdering someone you could end up being killed by "The Electric Chair" or you could get an injection that will kill you. Capital Punishment is an interesting topic because people have debated about this subject for years. The question I have chosen for my PRS is should Capital Punishment be reintroduced? My hypothesis is Capital Punishment should be reintroduced for crimes severe enough such as Mass Murder and Treason i.e. murdering a Queen/King or President of a country. The topic I have chosen is part of the Beliefs and Values unit that I have studied in Humanities. My hypothesis is based on the Key Idea. Individuals and groups have different beliefs, attitudes and values regarding cultural, moral, political, religious, spiritual and social issues. I will use a range of research methods to investigate my hypothesis. For my secondary methods I will use books, the Internet and newspaper articles. For my primary research I will design and distribute a questionnaire to discover people's views on Capital Punishment. I am a year 11 student at Aylward School. As part of my GCSE Humanities course I am required to complete a Personal Research Study. I would be great full therefore if you could complete the following questionnaire. 1. What age group are you in? ...read more.

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Bentley was sentenced to death. Craig, who the judge described as "one of the most dangerous young criminals who has ever stood in that dock" was sentenced to be detained during Her Majesty's pleasure. Albert Pierrepoint hanged Derek Bentley, aged nineteen, in Wandsworth Prison at 9am on 28th January 1953. Craig was released from prison in May 1963 and he settled in Buckinghamshire. The second Capital Punishment case is about Ruth Ellis. She had a very passionate and intense relationship with a young man called David Blakely with who she often quarrelled and had recently suffered a miscarriage at the hands of after he punched her in the stomach during a fight. Blakely was a waster and a heavy drinker who used to frequent the Little Club, a drinking club which Ruth managed. He was building a racing car with his friends the Findlaters and over Easter of 1955 consistently refused to see her despite repeated visits and phone calls to the Findlater's house where he was staying. They had, unfortunately, taken on a nanny whom Ruth suspected David was having an affair with, although in truth he wasn't. So in a anger of jealousy and rejection on Easter Sunday afternoon (10th April) Ruth persuaded her other boyfriend, Desmond Cussen to drive her to Hampstead where she lay in wait for Blakely outside the Magdala public house in South Hill Park, where he and Findlater were drinking. When they came out to the car to drive home she pursued Blakely and shot him five times, the last shot from point blank range, as he lay wounded on the ground. ...read more.

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The secondary sources I will use in my PRS includes; Media (TV, Film, Video and The Internet) I will discuss these as part of my Context. As I stated in my Rationale/Context secondary sources have both advantages and disadvantages. These include advantages such as: The information already exists Internet is very fast with a lot of information However disadvantages such as: Bias are a problem. Newspapers sensationalise the whole issue of Capital Punishment in order to sell and attract more readers. Primary research methods include interviews, observations and questionnaires. Each of these have advantages and disadvantages. For my PRS I have chosen to use questionnaires as my research method. The advantages of using a questionnaire are: It reaches a large number of people A widely dispersed population Good for embarrassing subjects No interviewer bias The disadvantages of using a questionnaire are: Low response rate Difficult to go into depth Never know if correct person answers People may not be truthful I have chosen not to use observation as one of my primary research methods. I feel it is unsuitable for my PRS because it would be impossible for me to observe Capital Punishment taking place or visit Death Row and observe prisoners waiting for death. This wouldn't benefit my study anyway. I have also chosen not to use in-depth interviews because it takes a long amount of time which I don't have, it doesn't have much use on large amounts of people which I need for my PRS and the interviewer may be biased towards the subject and would only follow up what they think are important. Patris Mayvand 11D Personal Research Study ...read more.

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