To start this session we got into pairs. The fist task we were given was to come up with 20 words associated with the main word. We each had to write down the first 10 words that came to our heads when the main word was said.
The first word that we had to associate was POLITICS:
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The second word was SOCIETY:
The third word was CULTURE:
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The final word was HISTORY:
After we had come up with the 20 words we put them into positive and negative lists, or both.
POLITICS – Positive
POLITICS – Negative
SOCIETY – Positive
SOCIETY – Negative
CULTURE – Positive
CULTURE – Negative
HISTORY – Positive
HISTORY – Negative
Once all the words had been separated into positive and negative categories, we were then told to write 5 positive statements about each word.
- Politics allow various opinions to be debated and decided on.
- Politics are designed to ensure that the country is run properly.
- Politics enables controls and laws to be written that improve the standard of life and well-being.
- Laws are debated and voted for by people who represent the people.
- Politics enable a country to function nationally and internationally.
- Society is a selection of different cultures together.
- Gives scope for learning and education.
- Helps the development of businesses.
- Generates money.
- Large groups of people communicating.
- Diversity of what is classed as culture.
- Availability and accessibility.
- Brings people together.
- Gives a more varied and interesting life.
- Inspiring and inspirational on a daily basis.
- Development of life/technology/etc.
- Adapt and change – Allowing us to live better and longer lives.
- We can learn and improve.
- See where you and your family have come form.
- We are going to be someone else’s history.
After I had written down my positive statements to do with the words, Dan and I swapped papers and Dan wrote down his negative statements to the words on my paper:
- Against the British prison system.
- I disagree with the British National Party.
- I disagree with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- I’m against the conservative party.
- Power being exploited.
- How everything comes down to the amount of money you own.
- People being racist.
- It shapes who we are – being different is deemed weird.
- War over religion.
- Power being exploited.
- It can spark violence.
- Fighting for stupid reasons (WWI).
- Feuds between countries.
- The creation of the nuclear bomb.
- Creation of weapons (guns).
- Bible being used as a weapon and to control.
Politics should be used to aid the development of a country or a society and improve the wellbeing and lifestyle of the people in it. Politics should allow the voice of the people to be heard and anticipate the need for change and improvement. Politics should endeavor to remove prejudices and discrimination so that people can live equally together. Politics should provide people with laws and regulations so that the society functions and grows.
In my opinion society is an ever-growing, ever-developing culmination of people, cultures and beliefs. Society enables the development of science and technology to improve the standard of life. Society brings people together on a social level. Societies thrive from multicultural influences, something that should be encouraged rather than discouraged.
I believe culture is a fundamental part of society. Without it our society would be bland, boring and unexciting. Culture allows creativity to grow and flourish in many forms. Culture is broad and varied; bring people together, providing a more inspiring and interesting lifestyle. Culture allows for individuality as well as a togetherness, bringing a artistic flare to life.
I believe history is very important, as it is where we have come from. It is where we have come from in terms of development, adaption and improvement. History provides us with a platform from which to advance and progress. History also shows us our mistakes, so that we can attempt not to make them again. A lot can be learned for our history; however, it should not be heavily relied on when anticipating the future.