When have referendums been used to make decisions in the UK? Should they be held more often? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Explore these questions with your students using the discussion cards as prompts to suggest arguments for and against referendums.
Time Required: 30 mins
- Explore the advantages and disadvantages of referendums in a democracy
- Consider issues such as the influence of the media, public participation in politics, bias in referendum questions, the cost of government, and other arguments for and against referendums
- Understand key terms such as legitimacy, sovereignty, and direct democracy
- Consider a range of viewpoints on a complex issue and present their own point of view
- Improve their verbal communication skills and contribute to group discussions
The discussion cards can be printed and cut up to hand out to your students.
The accompanying teachers' notes suggest a range of different activities using the cards to explore the topic of referendums.