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My Revision Notes: AQA GCSE Citizenship Studies has been designed to thoroughly prepare you for the AQA GCSE Citizenship Studies short and full course examinations. It covers each theme in the specification: Community Action and Active Citizenship; Being a Citizenship in the UK: Democracy and Identity; Fairness and Justice; Global Issues and Making a Difference.
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Table of Contents:
Community Action and Active Citizenship
What factors make for effective 'active citizenship'?
The tactics of pressure group campaigns
Case studies: campaigns to secure rights
Recent UK-based case studies of campaigning
Factors in successful campaigning
Pressure groups and the media holding representatives to account
Pressure group impact upon public debate
Who can make a difference?
Political power within the UK
The influence of the media in influencing or reflecting public opinion
The impact of collective action
The impact of government on the lives of citizens
The issue of non-participation within communities
How and why are Citizenship issues relevant in the workplace?
Rights and responsibilities in the workplace
The economy and community cohesion
Case studies: sustainable practices
Being a Citizen in the UK: Democracy and Identity
What are the roles of Parliament and Government?
What is Parliament? Its composition and main roles
How laws are made by Parliament
What are the roles of political parties, government and opposition, and the Cabinet?
Recent changes to the operation of democracy in the UK
How are citizens' lives affected by the way in which governments and politicians exercise power at a national level?
UK democracy compared with other forms of government, including one European, or wider world, and one non-democratic system
How can citizens participate in democratic processes, particularly elections and voting?
How fair and effective are existing voting systems in the UK?
Should voting be made compulsory?
Should the voting age be lowered to sixteen?
How can citizens participate in democracy other than by voting in elections?
Why should we be concerned about citizens' lack of involvement in the political process?
How are the government and political parties attempting to deal with voter apathy and how effective have they been?
The origins and implications of diversity in the United Kingdom
What is understood by the term 'Britishness'?
What are the constituent parts of the United Kingdom?
Definitions of prejudice, discrimination, stereotypes and labelling
Why is tolerance important?
What is the nature of British identity?
Multiple identities in a diverse society
What are the opportunities and barriers to citizen participation?
Ethnicity, identity, community life and promoting cohesion
How can migration shape communities?
Contemporary issues relating to multiculturalism and community cohesion
What are shared common perspectives or shared values?
Government actions to reduce discrimination and disadvantage
The impact of migration
The concept of equality in a changing society
Celebrating cultural diversity
Fairness and Justice
What are my rights and responsibilities as a British citizen within a broader framework of human rights?
Citizens' rights and responsibilities in the UK
Key human rights legislation
Case studies: human rights abuse
Getting the balance right on human rights
The balance between rights and responsibilities
How are citizens' lives affected by the law?
The differences between civil and criminal law
Legal rights in society
How the civil law can have an impact on young people
Effectiveness of equal opportunities legislation
Case studies: equal opportunities legislation
How effective is the criminal justice system?
The purposes of criminal law and its role in society and the community
The law and young offenders
Key people and structures in the legal system
The purposes and practice of sentencing
The effectiveness of the criminal justice system
Why does the media matter and how influential is it?
What is a 'free press' and why is it important?
What are the responsibilities of the media?
Types of media
Politicians and the media
Case studies: how groups use the media to influence others
Global Issues and Making a Difference
How effective are the key international bodies in dealing with important international and global issues?
The roles of key international bodies
Case studies: international conflict
Case studies: human rights abuse
What are the challenges faced by the global community regarding inequality, and how might they be dealt with?
The positive and negative aspects of globalisation
The world economic system
Fair trade, ethical trading, globalisation and aid programmes
Contemporary global economic agendas
Case studies: campaigns for global economic issues
What are the challenges of global interdependence and how might they be tackled?
Case studies: sustainable development
Case studies: global interdependence
Why should British citizens care about, or be involved in, world affairs?
The role of the UK within international organisations
Case studies: UK involvement with an international body
How are international issues influenced? The citizen's voice in the global village
Pressure groups and NGOs involved in international campaigning
How can individuals effect change in regard to an international issue?
How do different groups influence international issues?
How can information from pressure groups, voluntary groups and NGOs be used in public debate and policy formation?
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