STARTER Student Interest Survey Name Who do you live with? What is your favourite Music / TV show / Book? What do you like to do in your free time? When you have worked well, how do you like to be rewarded? What are your likes and dislikes? Is there anything else important about yourself? What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
An EOC Tribunal The Equal Opportunities Commission was set up under the Sex Discrimination Act in 1975. The EOC has been given powers to hold tribunals (like court cases) for people who think they may be the victims of discrimination. • In your groups, choose someone to play the part of a person who suffered gender discrimination. Think about: • their name • their job • what the gender discrimination was – what happened? • The rest of your group will play people on the panel of an EOC Tribunal. You will have to work out whether the law has been broken. You could ask about the following things to try and collect the evidence you will need: • the recruitment process they went though (e.g. the job advert, the questions asked in the interview) • who got the job – their gender and their skills, qualifications and experience in comparison to this person’s • the numbers of men and women employed already – what does that tell you? • (Adapted from Radcliffe, 2002: 10-12).
2000 BC 33 BC 350 AD The Slave Trade brought Africans to Britain. 1066 AD Vikings come from Scandinavia and Denmark. We ask the Angle Saxons and Jutes to come and help defend us. They decided to stay and take over. Romans start conquering Britain and building cities. William the Conqueror leads the Norman Invasion from Normandy (France). Many people move to Britain from France. 16-1800 AD 1914-19 AD 17-1900 AD 1939-45 AD The British Empire meant there was an exchange of people between Britain, North America, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and Africa. 1960s AD Refugees from World Wars I and II move to the UK from Europe, and soldiers move from Empire countries to fight for Britain. The UK gives people from former Colonies (e.g. Jamaica, India, South Africa, Hong Kong Australia and New Zealand) citizenship. 1979 AD 1990s AD Ugandan dictator expelled 80,000 people. The UK accepted 28,000 refugees in two months. Conflict in Eastern Europe means many people claim asylum in the UK. 1979 – 2003 AD The UK received over 39,000 applications from asylum seekers fleeing Saddam Hussein’s reign in Iraq.
Homework Britain - A Racist Society? • To help you to answer the questions you should visit the following website: • (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1993597.stm). Answer the Questions in your books: • What percentage of people believed that Britain was a racist society? • Did people think Britain was more or less tolerant than it was ten years ago? • What does “tolerant” mean? You could use a dictionary to find out, or ask a parent or carer. • Have you ever experienced racism? • If you have, how did it feel? • If you haven’t, can you imagine how it might feel? • What position did Gurbux Singh hold? Can you find out who is now in this position? What does the job involve? • What did Gurbux Singh ask Britons to learn about? • What examples of successes from Refugees and Immigrants did Gurbux Singh give? • Extension: “Immigration and Multiculturalism do not do anything positive for Britain”. Can you provide answers against this statement? What would they be? • Extension: The article was written in 2002. Are things different now? What evidence would support your view?
Alternative Lifestyles An “alternative lifestyle” is a lifestyle that is different from the way most people live. Being different can take courage and most people who live alternative lifestyles have good reasons for wanting to live that way. I’ve always travelled about. We live in caravans and vans and move about in groups, although people come and go a lot. In summer, I generally get farm work but in winter I stay nearer to the town and try to get work there. I would hate to stay in one place. The press call us “new age travellers” but we think of ourselves as individuals who have rejected the conventions of society. I travel about in my van, often joining protests to protect threatened areas of the countryside. I don’t send my son to school because I can teach him at home, and he can learn things important to our culture. We do clear up before we leave, but yes – sometimes we leave rubbish. Your dustbins are emptied every week, the council clean up after us when we go. What’s the difference? Travellers always leave so much rubbish behind – it’s disgusting. Actually, travellers do pay taxes. If they stay in council sites they pay rates, and if they earn money they pay income tax. Those staying on unauthorised sites don’t pay rates, but they don’t get benefits or services. New Age Travellers sponge off the state. They don’t want to work but they still claim benefits. Communes are just a way of running away from real life. They should face up to the real world and it’s problems. If we can create a society based on fairness and respect for everyone and live in that society, what’s wrong with that? Why should we be forced to live in a different way?
HOMEWORK • So far this term you have studied different kinds of people in society (different genders, different age groups, different races, different lifestyle choices and different families). You have also looked at the effects of prejudice or discrimination based on these differences. Some people are prejudiced against people because of the gender (sexism), because of the colour of their skin (racism) or simply because their lifestyle is slightly different. • Design a leaflet on the importance of TOLERANCE in society. Tolerance means accepting the differences between people, and letting them get on with their own lives. It is the opposite of being prejudiced. Your Personal Development level for this year will depend on this piece of work. • You should include: • Information on how we are all different – what kinds of differences are there between people? • Information on how we may things in common – what kind of commonalities are there between people? • What are the benefits of people being different? What would it be like if we were all the same? • Information about how some people are prejudice, and bully people simply because they are different. How must this feel? What are the effects? • What are the benefits of having a diverse society?