A selection of resources around the ideas of Politics and Society Key thinker Thomas Hobbes, all useful in revising his ideas and perspectives.
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This booklet contains the NCCA biographies of all the Key thinkers named in the updated Politics and Society specification. This is an updated version of one previously linked from the site.View full description
Short 6 min video explaining the thinking of Thomas Hobbes and poses the question why people should follow the law of rulers - especially those who may not be considered 'good'. It explains how Hobbes favoured the 'social contract' over the 'devine right of kings'. Explains terms like 'the state of nature' and 'leviathan'. Explains the historical influences that shaoped his thinking.View full description
Contrasts the various premises held by the political philosopehrs John Locke and Thomas Hobbes. Both men are considered 'social theorists' but both have quide different views on such issues as human nature and conflict.View full description
Podcast based on Thomas Hobbes, 16 Key Thinkers Politics and SocietyView full description
Worksheet based on Thomas Hobbes.The worksheet accompanies the podcast created by Grainne McKeever in discussion with Prof. Philip Petite in Princeton University.View full description
Podcast featuring an in depth discussion of the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes and his most famous work LeviathanView full description
Strand: 2. Power & Decision Making: National/EU
Strand unit: 7. Participants in these Debates
Suggestions for use: This podcast would be useful for any teacher or student seeking an in depth understanding of Key Thinke Thomas Hobbes and the ideas contained in his most famous work Leviathan
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.View full description
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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