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GCSE Government and Politics

Unit 1 - Democracy in Action

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Decision making

Decision making in a democracy

Content Elaboration NIA Education Service Resources

Role of MLAs:

Representation role

Interactive constituency map & election results and performance

Interactive game - ‘Week in the life’

Interactive game - ‘Constituency Time’ challenge

Professors Rick Wilford and Cathy Gormley-Heenan give their assessments of the performance of the Assembly (series of video interviews from June 2016)

Representation explained animation

Visit to Northern Ireland Assembly through its Education Service - opportunity to meet with MLAs

Legislative role

How laws are made in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Legislative role of an MLA and examples of recent bills

Professors Rick Wilford and Cathy Gormley-Heenan give their assessments of the performance of the Assembly (series of video interviews from June 2016)

To watch a debate live:
www.niassembly.gov.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive

Scrutiny role

How the Assembly scrutinises the Executive i.e. opposition, committees, questions and debates

Interactive game -Take the’ Question Time’ challenge

Professors Rick Wilford and Cathy Gormley-Heenan give their assessments of the performance of the Assembly (series of video interviews from June 2016)

Scrutiny explained animation

Voting

How MLAs vote in the Assembly chamber and cross community voting

A video (from our archive) showing how MLAs vote in the Assembly chamber

Voting in the Chamber explained animation

Private Member’s Bills

How laws are made in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Legislation passed in the 2011-16 mandate with details of Private Member’s Bills

Opposition

Official Opposition

Professors Rick Wilford and Cathy Gormley-Heenan examine the prospects for a successful opposition (Video interview 2016)

Scrutiny explained animation

Question Time

Questions i.e. written/ oral and the role of the Speaker in Question Time

Interactive game - Take the Question Time challenge

Watch clips of previous Question Times:
Assembly’s YouTube channel
niassembly.tv/categories/question-time

From this page you can access information regarding Assembly questions which have been submitted for either written or oral answer

Committees

How committees work:
Part 1
Part 2

Information on the different types of Committees in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Information can be accessed here on current Assembly Committees and their work

Elections and voting

Political parties

Political parties in a democracy

Content Elaboration NIA Education Service Resources

The policies of the five largest political parties in Northern Ireland – including similarities and differences on the major issues of:

  • the economy
  • education
  • the environment
  • immigration

Interviews with political parties can be found in the video gallery. Politicians explain what their party stands for and discuss their views on the issues affecting young people e.g. education, student fees, votes at 16

Visit to Northern Ireland Assembly through its Education Service – opportunity to meet with MLAs

Taking action

Taking action in a democracy

Content Elaboration NIA Education Service Resources

The range of actions a citizen can take to achieve their aims and hold the powerful in society to account

Visit to Northern Ireland Assembly through its Education Service – opportunity to meet with MLAs