Presentation on theme: " starter activity What is the serious political point behind this joke? Is there any truth in it?"— Presentation transcript:
1 starter activityWhat is the serious political point behind this joke? Is there any truth in it?
2 What affects the way people vote today? Key determinants of class in the UKAssess the importance of class in voting behaviour.Factors influencing voters in UK todayRole of age and ethnicity
3 Your taskImagine you have been asked to conduct a survey to find out the class background of students at WGSB. Write down the sorts of questions you would ask to establish a person’s class.
4 Chief Income Earners occupation GradeSocial ClassChief Income Earners occupationAUpper Middle-ClassHigher managerial, administrative or professional.BMiddle-ClassIntermediate managerial, administrative or professional.C1Lower Middle-ClassSupervisory or Clerical and junior managerial, administrative or professional.C2Skilled Working-ClassSkilled manual workers.DWorking-ClassSemi and unskilled manual workers.EThose at the lowest levels of subsistence.Casual or lowest grade workers, pensions and others who depend on the welfare state for their income.
5 Your task Read Watts page 20-22. Write a paragraph to suggest reasons why upper- and middle-class voters have traditionally favoured the Conservative Party.Write a paragraph to explain why people in social groups D/E tend to vote Labour.
6 Your task1.Write a list of qualities that make a political leader “good on television”.2.Rank these factors in order of their importance as qualities for a party leader:All round capabilityCalm in crisisDown-to-earthEffective communicatorGood grasp of political issuesHonest and trustworthyIntellectual abilityPersonalitySound judgementTelegenic3.Can you identify a politician you have seen on television and admire very much? What qualities do you admire about him or her?Consider the 3 leaders during the 2010 general election, how many of the listed qualities do they possess.
7 Your taskConduct a case study of 2005 general election and assess the impact of class on the campaign and the results.Think about the groups who make up the C2s. How important are they in determining the outcome of elections?How have they been voting in recent years?
8 Your taskAssess the impact of other factors, e.g. media coverage or issues using Watts, p and create a spider diagram recording their impact.
9 Your task Read Watts pages 33 & 34. Look examples of party policies, and consider which age groups are targeted most.Study the table on page 34. Suggest reasons for the strong performance of the Liberal Democrats, as recorded in the table.To what extent did the Conservative Party benefit from Labour’s difficulties in the seats in which there was a substantial Muslim population? Explain your answer.
10 HomeworkSkills work – review some of the key words covered so far in the course in preparation for a test next lesson.Test based Q&A type questions, where students define and explain a keyword in context
11 DiscussionHow could more members of ethnic minority families be encouraged to vote?Why might female voters still prefer Labour?