Student Resources - Chapter 4
Internet Activity 4.1
Exploring left-wing and right-wing in the political spectrum
Left-wing and right-wing are terms that are commonly used in the study of politics, with views changing from left to right as you move along the political spectrum. Left-wing is often used to refer to ideas and organizations that are critical of existing ideas and arrangements, with right-wing referring to those favouring existing social arrangements and more traditional values.
Go to www.politicalcompass.org/index and do the following:
- Explain the origins of the terms left-wing and right-wing.
- Why does The Political Compass suggest these terms are too simple for contemporary politics? (If you don’t know some of the people referred to, do a Google search or use www.wikipedia.org.)
- Take the test (see left margin on the website) either alone or with someone you think you have similar political views to. See where you stand on the political spectrum, and write a short description of what your position means.
- Compare your analysis with others in your class, and discuss how far you consider the left-wing/right-wing political spectrum a useful way of classifying political ideas and political parties in contemporary society.
Multiple Choice Quiz 4
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Matching Exercise 4
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Internet links - Power and Politics
- www.suttontrust.com/ - the website of the Sutton Trust, providing useful research material on the social background of UK elites and other relevant information.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_of_the_United_Kingdom#Current_cabinet - provides full details of the current UK Government Cabinet, with further links to follow.
- www.amnesty.org.uk - the site of Amnesty International, concerned with protecting individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.
- www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk - a site concerned with protecting civil liberties and promoting human rights.
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/629/629/7036068.stm - provides figures on violence in the Iraq war.
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/81344.stm - this BBC news site contains a huge range of links to UK political websites, including:
- all political parties represented in the House of Commons, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, London Assembly or European Parliament;
- all political parties registered by the electoral commission;
- Government and ministries;
- other political websites;
- political blogs.
- www.tobaccofreekids.org - an American site campaigning to change public attitudes and public policies on tobacco, to prevent kids from smoking, to help smokers quit and to protect everyone from second-hand smoke.
- www.league.org.uk/ - the site of the League Against Cruel sports.
- www.guardian.co.uk - The Guardian newspaper.
- www.timesonline.co.uk - The Times newspaper.
- www.independent.co.uk - The Independent newspaper.