Part 2 – Debate – What does the ideal Political Party look like?
Using the mental maps from part 1, the students will work in small groups of 5 (or multiples of 5 depending on the size of the group), and firstly compare and contrast what they believe to be the ideal. They will then be asked to debate with other members of the group as to why their political party is the ideal one. After the lesson, students will be asked to research an actual political party that matches up most to their ideal.
Politics is a topic that is relevant to everyone and effects everyone in different ways. This teaching resource aims to get the perspectives of our young people on politics both locally and globally, and gives them the opportunity to identify what they feel are the most important issues that the political parties should be working for.
The students will use both their previous knowledge and knowledge learned in lectures and put these skills learned into practice. They will be given the opportunity to analyse the political parties attitudes’ towards policy making and compare to the ideals of their own political party. They will also have the opportunity to see the limitations that are faced by politicians everyday, and begin to realise that it is not possible to please everyone in politics.
It is also important to note that everyone in the lectures will have different views on political parties and it is the role of the lecturer to ensure that the group dynamics are kept at ease and to emphasise that it is a task.