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General Elections:

The United Kingdom has a system of parliamentary government. By this we mean that the Government must enjoy the support of Parliament - in other words a larger number of Members of Parliament (MPs) vote with the Government that against it.
The most crucial event in British politics is therefore the general election because its result decides which men and women become Members of Parliament. This, in turn, determines who forms the Government.

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The Political System of the UK 2 (sm)


The main topic this week will be a general approach to the UK political system.
Most of this module is based on activities within the frame of GURU, an online educational system of BBC
  • Government
  • Political parties
  • Monarchy


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What to do...

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3c ha kunnskapar om politiske system i Storbritannia


Visit the websites of the main political parties and find out their views on major issues. Fill in this form with what you find.

There is a spare row to include another political party of your choice.

There is also a row for you to include your own opinion - where do you stand on these issues?
At the bottom of the form there is a button. By pushing the button you will have a more readable/printable presentation of your work. Be sure to make a decent print-out for classroom-discussions.


You are now going to delve into the GURU site (BBC).
Please, read the complete paragraph before starting "GURU"!
Sometimes the system will load veeery slowly. You should definitely have a speedy connection to the Internet.

There are two necessities:
- You'll need a 'Flash' player. If you haven't got one it is to be found here!
- You'll have to register to get a username and a password

If your computer refuses to install the 'Flash' player, contact the administrator of the system. You're probably short of system privileges/rights.
At the top of the GURU opening page you'll find five options: choose 'General Studies'
In the tree-structure which appears you should move your arrow to 'Society' and then click 'UK Constitution' and 'UK Politics'. You may just as well try other menu-options, too, but those mentioned are the two most important ones.
The GURU system is a mixture of information, questions and excercises, and you should try it out on your own.
Open your wordprocessor (Wordpad won't choke your system...) and copy all important information. It may also be necessary to write some lines by yourself because it is difficult to copy Flash-texts.
We'll spend a lesson on this activity!
Finally, we'll gather in the classroom for a discussion. GURU will be opened in a new window making it easy to read these instructions again.
You may start GURU now!
Good luck!


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