In this lesson we will learn what political rights are and explore the concept of universal suffrage. We will investigate the long struggle for voting rights and how women's suffrage was achieved. You will have a chance to give your view about how political rights have evolved over time.
Unit: Why was the struggle for the vote important today?
In this lesson, you will find out about a group of people who demanded political change. You will investigate who the Chartists were, what campaign methods they used and whether they were successful. We will explore what effect the Chartists had on modern day political rights. Finally, after studying more recent methods of campaigning, we will consider how citizens can create change.
In this lesson, we will explore the struggle women had to achieve equal voting rights. We explore the Suffragists and Suffragettes and investigate the different methods used by each group. You will meet the great grandson of Alice Hawkins who explains why it is important to remember those who struggled for the right to vote. Finally, you will investigate what equality is like for women today and consider how people can become an advocate for other peoples' rights.
In this lesson, you will explore why it is important to vote. You will give your view about the issues that are most important to you and see which decision makers these issue are linked to. You will consider two opinions about voting and decide who you agree with the most. We will have a look at who votes, where power lies and some of the consequences of not voting.
In this lesson we consider the idea of lowering the voting age to 16. You will explore the arguments for and against the idea and consider the evidence before putting your viewpoint together.
This lesson explores some of the ways that citizens can participate in a democracy, without voting. We investigate local, national and international organisations that work to challenge injustice and protect political rights and freedoms. To complete the lesson, you are asked to make a pledge of something that you could do this year to make a difference in your community.
Units in Citizenship
Units in Rights, justice and law
- 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?