SS 11. The Political Spectrum. Learning Outcome. Demonstrate an Understanding of the Political Spectrum. This is what you need to know!. What is the political spectrum?.
This is what you need to know!
The Political Spectrum is a way of modelling different political positions visually. Most political spectrums have a left and right axis, but many others are more sophisticated.
Take a look at the handout that you have been given. Although, this is an American model, it will help you understand the political spectrum. Take note of five characteristics that interest you from the Left or right and note of their counterpart from the other side. (Be prepared to report out)
A traditional left to right Political Spectrum: Copy this into your notebook.
So are you!
Environment vs. Jobs
The Right supported the King and Tradition
The Left supported
The Revolution and Change
The political spectrum terms “left wing” and “right wing” began during the French Revolution in the French Assembly.
The Left Wing –Any person or party who is described as “Left” is in favour of social change and equality for all.
Descriptive Term: socialist or liberal.
The Centre position on the spectrum tries to keep a balance between left and right..
The Right Wing – Any person or party who is described as right wing is in support of tradition (keeping things the way they were) and expect their to be a social strata (eg. Rich and poor)
Descriptive terms: conservative
Vancouver 2010 Olympics
If you thought the Olympics was a waste of money, which could have been spent elsewhere, that is a left wing point of view.
I f you thought the Olympics were a good opportunity to show British Columbia off to the world, and a good business opportunity, that is a right wing point of view.
Discuss your point of view with a partner
The Death Penalty (Capital Punishment)
If you oppose the death penalty, that is leftwing point of view
Cell Phones in the Classroom
If you support the banning of cell phones in the classroom, that is a right wing opinion.
If you support the use of cell phones in the classroom, that is a left wing opinion.
The War in Afghanistan
If you support the war, that is a right wing point of view
If you would like to see an end to war, that is a left wing point of view
In Canada when we have elections, there are a number of political parties to choose from
All of these parties fall somewhere on the Political Spectrum
Green Party Leader
Democratic Party (USA)
*USA would view Democrats as Left vs. Republican Right
Liberal Party Leader
Conservative Party Leader
Current Prime Minister of Canada
G.W. Bush (Ex-American President)
Republican Party (USA)
Fascism: Extreme Right
Communism: Extreme Left