Citizenship in Modern Britain by Trevor Desmoyers-Davis

By Trevor Desmoyers-Davis

Citizenship is a brand new topic, combining an instructional and a pragmatic method of the individual’s function in the neighborhood. the purpose of citizenship is to inspire either a better understanding of, and a extra lively participation in, social and political concerns, at neighborhood, nationwide and overseas degrees. this article relies at the present AQA AS Social Sciences: Citizenship’s specification, yet can be used because the foundation for learn of the topic at a variety of degrees. The technique followed is a mixture of educational fabric, delivering a legitimate foundation for examine of the theories and constructions with which scholars might be generic, supported and constructed by way of a sequence of functional workouts, initiatives and exam variety questions. those were designed not to basically boost the scholars’ wisdom and realizing of the topic, yet also will supply academics with suggestions as to how key talents should be approached via this subject. the subject material has been divided into 3 sections, every one of which corresponds to 1 of the AQA AS point Modules. for college kids who're no longer following this actual specification, every one person part will offer an creation to their function in the nation, the political approach and the way society operates. each one also will provide a chance to enhance abilities in powerful verbal exchange, challenge fixing and dealing with others. should you don't pass directly to take a seat an exam at AS point, different matters that experience shut hyperlinks with this topic are legislation, executive and Politics and Sociology.

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The unanswerable question is whether human behaviour is shaped by ‘nature’ and therefore pre-determined, or is human behaviour socially constructed? For many, it is because so much of our behaviour is socially constructed that accounts for the main reason as to why there is not a common identity between citizens. The role and influence of society is immeasurable and it is this influence that manages to create diversity from a single human ‘product’. To understand how society achieves this, it is necessary to discuss some of the key elements of human society.

The alternative view suggests that humans are moulded and shaped by social processes and patterns of organisations. The unanswerable question is whether human behaviour is shaped by ‘nature’ and therefore pre-determined, or is human behaviour socially constructed? For many, it is because so much of our behaviour is socially constructed that accounts for the main reason as to why there is not a common identity between citizens. The role and influence of society is immeasurable and it is this influence that manages to create diversity from a single human ‘product’.

Questions can be raised about the relative value placed upon the unpaid caring work undertaken by some and the paid work undertaken by others. If citizenship is associated with the work ethic that dominates social, political and economic values, then those groups excluded or marginalised from that work ethic will not achieve full and effective citizenship. If caring is essentially seen as being outside this work ethic, then those groups who are involved with caring are essentially excluded from full and effective citizenship.

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