In this lesson we will learn about the roles citizens have in a democracy. We explore what being part of the democratic process means and what kinds of actions can be taken to improve the world around us.
Unit: How can citizens bring about change?
In this lesson we will explore the role of different types of groups creating positive change in society. We consider the role of pressure groups and how they influence change. We will then go on to look at examples of protest groups and social movements and the methods they use in campaigning for change.
In this lesson we begin by exploring what a campaign is and the different types of campaigning that are used. For example, social media campaigns, notoriety, political lobbying, use of the media. We go on to explore how campaigns try to influence those in power and explore the likelihood and influence of a campaign method in bringing about change.
In this lesson we will learn what a changemaker is and why their actions are important in democracy. We will explore different examples of some recent problems in society in relation to inequality and injustice and learn how changemakers have had a positive impact on these.
We begin the lesson by recapping the different roles citizens take in democratic society linked to the Article 21 of the UDHR. We consider why it is important for citizens to be involved in democratic decision-making. We explore the power of citizens in holding those in power to account through parliamentary select committees. Using the education committee as an example, we find out how we as citizens can get involved in the work that committees do and what is involved in giving evidence.
In this lesson we reflect on some of the case studies and examples of changemaking in lessons 1-5. We identify the characteristics of effective change and the different ways of describing or assessing the impact of actions taken by citizens.
Units in Citizenship
Units in Active citizenship
- Citizenship - What’s it all about?
- What are our identities and communities?
- What rights should all children have?
- How does local democracy work?
- What is crime?
- How can we make a difference in our communities?
- How does the political system work in the UK?
- How does the media affect us?
- What is the law and how is it changed?
- How can citizens bring about change?
- Why was the struggle for the vote important today?
- What can we do about global problems?
- How is the UK governed?
- Are people treated equally in UK society?
- Why do people move around the world?
- How can we manage money well?
- Can digital democracy increase political participation?
- How can young people play an active role in democracy?