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Politics and Society Learning Path - Power, decision-making and the Coronavirus Learning Path

By PDST

The resources in this learning path could be used as stimuli for students, with the teacher creating tasks around an essential question, or set of questions. Students could be asked to use the resources included to create; a paragraph response, discursive essay response, voice clip of their response, research of further data on this topic or to critically evaluate the sources, amongst other ideas. Learning Outcomes: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 5.2, 5.4, 6.1, 6.2 Topics: Power and Decision Making at National and European Level, Human Rights and Responsibilities in Ireland, Human Rights and Responsibilities in Europe and the Wider World; Possible NCCA key thinker biographies - Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Robert Nozick These key thinkers have contributed to the development of some of the key ideas within this learning path. Teachers may also choose to invite students to make links with other Key Thinkers in the booklet provided in the learning path.
6 resources in this Learning Path

1

Politics and Society Key Thinker Booklet

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/32068/31810.pdf Added: 25 Mar 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Reference / Article

This booklet contains the NCCA biographies of 15 of the 17 Key thinkers named in the updated Politics and Society specification.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Politics & Society

Suggestions for use: Background reading on the key thinkers for students. Can be assigned as reading alongside a topic or strand to encourage students to make links to the perspectives of the prescribed key thinkers.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons
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Guardian Article: Hobbes and the Coronavirus

https://www.theguardian.com/comment...oronavirus-politics-lockdown-hobbes Added: 01 Apr 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Reference / Other

This is an article from The Guardian which examines the relationship between the electorate, the elected and “power” It references Hobbesian political theories as a means of exploring political changes due to the Coronavirus.
This article can be used by students to investigate the theories of Thomas Hobbes and other relevant Key Thinkers; also to see Hobbes referenced in a modern context

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Politics & Society

Strand: 2. Power & Decision Making: National/EU

Strand unit: 7. Participants in these Debates

Suggestions for use: The resources in this learning path could be used as stimuli for students, with the teacher creating tasks around an essential question, or set of questions. Students could be asked to use the resources included to create; a paragraph response, discursive essay response, voice clip of their response, research of further data on this topic or to critically evaluate the sources, amongst other ideas.

Learning Outcomes:

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 5.2, 5.4, 6.1, 6.2

Topics:
Power and Decision Making at National and European Level, Human Rights and Responsibilities in Ireland, Human Rights and Responsibilities in Europe and the Wider World;

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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American Conservative Article: With Coronavirus Comes The Hobbesian Leviathan

https://www.theamericanconservative...irus-comes-the-hobbesian-leviathan/ Added: 01 Apr 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Reference / Other

This is an article from The American Conservative about how civil liberties may have to be, or are already being, seen as being of secondary importance to “beating” the Coronavirus.
This article can be used by students to assess the relationship between civil liberties, rights and the power of government, with a particular reference to relevant Key Thinkers.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Politics & Society

Strand: 2. Power & Decision Making: National/EU

Strand unit: 7. Participants in these Debates

Suggestions for use: The resources in this learning path could be used as stimuli for students, with the teacher creating tasks around an essential question, or set of questions. Students could be asked to use the resources included to create; a paragraph response, discursive essay response, voice clip of their response, research of further data on this topic or to critically evaluate the sources, amongst other ideas.

Learning Outcomes:

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 5.2, 5.4, 6.1, 6.2

Topics:
Power and Decision Making at National and European Level, Human Rights and Responsibilities in Ireland, Human Rights and Responsibilities in Europe and the Wider World;

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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RTE News Article: The social contract at a time of social distancing

https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus...to-keep-the-social-contract-intact/ Added: 01 Apr 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Reference / Other

This is an article from RTE.ie which references the “social contract” and comments upon how certain assumed rights and liberties may have to be curtailed due to the Coronavirus crisis.
This article can be used as a means of exploring the concept of a “social contract” in a modern context. Thereby allowing an examination of a number of Key Thinkers.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Politics & Society

Strand: 2. Power & Decision Making: National/EU

Strand unit: 1. The Making of the National Policy

Suggestions for use: The resources in this learning path could be used as stimuli for students, with the teacher creating tasks around an essential question, or set of questions. Students could be asked to use the resources included to create; a paragraph response, discursive essay response, voice clip of their response, research of further data on this topic or to critically evaluate the sources, amongst other ideas.

Learning Outcomes:

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 5.2, 5.4, 6.1, 6.2

Topics:
Power and Decision Making at National and European Level, Human Rights and Responsibilities in Ireland, Human Rights and Responsibilities in Europe and the Wider World;

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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5

Coronavirus: Hungary leader handed sweeping new powers

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...t-viktor-orban-powers-a9435916.html Added: 01 Apr 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Reference / Other

This is an article from the Independent UK about how changes in legislation due to the onset of the Coronavirus has allowed the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban to obtain new powers.
This article can be used as a source for students to explore the topics of Power and Rights with reference to changes in law.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Politics & Society

Strand: 2. Power & Decision Making: National/EU

Strand unit: 1. The Making of the National Policy

Suggestions for use: The resources in this learning path could be used as stimuli for students, with the teacher creating tasks around an essential question, or set of questions. Students could be asked to use the resources included to create; a paragraph response, discursive essay response, voice clip of their response, research of further data on this topic or to critically evaluate the sources, amongst other ideas.

Learning Outcomes:

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 5.2, 5.4, 6.1, 6.2

Topics:
Power and Decision Making at National and European Level, Human Rights and Responsibilities in Ireland, Human Rights and Responsibilities in Europe and the Wider World;

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

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An Integrated Approach to Learning, Teaching and Assessment

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/29422/29158.pdf Added: 08 Apr 2019 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Reference / Activity

The following PDST booklet 'An Integrated Approach to Learning, Teaching and Assessment' aids teachers in considering what methodologies could be used in class to support the inquiry process.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Agriculture Science (2019)

Strand: Teaching and Learning

Strand unit: Pedagogy

Suggestions for use: Placemat: (Page 73)
Placemat can be used to encourage students to share ideas and reach a consensus about a topic or goal. It can be used to activate prior knowledge of a topic among students. It can help students share problem solving techniques, take group notes during a video/oral presentation, to summerise learning after the class or to begin an opening review of a subsequent lesson.
Anticipation Exercise: (Page 35/36)
The anticipation exercise could be utilised to assess students prior knowledge of a topic. This will give the teacher a picture of the students’ awareness of the concepts involved. However it could also be used as an assessment tool after the learning to see if the students have understood the concepts which they were presented with.
Think-Pair-Square-Share (Page 71)
The think-pair-square-share methodology can be used throughout the inquiry process to enable reflection and discussion among the pupils on the stage of the inquiry or the economic knowledge being explored.

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Language: English
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