Power and Authority Unit 3
Definitions • Power -identifies the control and/or authority to act that one person or group has over another. It may be described in terms of one individual over others, an institution over individuals, or one region or nation over another.
Definitions • Authority-is power credited to individuals or organizations by virtue of their positions in society (e.g., the principal of the school has authority because he/she is the principal; the Premier of Saskatchewan has authority because he/she is head of the provincial government). As well, an individual or organization may have the power of authority because of wealth, charisma, special abilities or education, intellectual abilities, accomplishments and strength of character
Sources of Power • Power can be acquired by having: • superior resources • greater numbers • more effective and efficient organization.
Forms of Power • Power may be expressed as force, authority or Influence • Assignment • research the types of decisions that various people in the community make (e.g., mayor, politician, police officer, teacher, farmer, editor, dentist, lawyer). • determine which of the forms and sources of power each person has at his or her disposal. • develop a chart such as the following: • PersonTeachertype of Decision Unit or lesson planSource(s) of Power Organization or resourcesForm(s) of Power Authority • You are to develop a chart for 4 occupations as above.
Video/Radio Clips • Heritage minutes • http://www.histori.ca/minutes/minute.do?id=14795 • http://www.histori.ca/minutes/minute.do?id=10129 • http://www.histori.ca/minutes/minute.do?id=10173 • What are the forms and sources of power used in each clip?