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How Does Society Decide?

This is one of three readers published by the ASE's SATIS 16-19 project as a way of linking together a selection of the individual units. 'How Does Society Decide?' discusses the responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society to take part in the decisions that affect them. The book aims to help readers to...

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1990 - 1999

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Changes in Behaviour

Work done in this Nuffield 13 - 16 module followed from the B unit called ‘Senses’. This X unit provided enough material for eight double periods. It could be selected to complete either a Science or a Further Science course. The teachers’ guide included three worksheets to supplement the students’ booklet.

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1980 - 1989

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The Science of Social Interaction

The Science of Social Interaction document is a one-page summary of some recent Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) research into the area of human interaction.

As our society becomes ever more interconnected, with each person experiencing hundreds of social encounters every day, the way we...

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2000 - 2009

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Happiness: The Greatest Gift We Possess?

This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) school briefing looks at whether we have a right to be happy, alongside the rights to life and liberty. The briefing discusses definitions of happiness and how religions and young people seek to attain it. The briefing then looks at how different governments across...

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2000 - 2009

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The Economics of Happiness

This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) school briefing looks at the effects happiness and wellbeing have on the economy. A study by Professor Andrew Oswald looked at the human impact of economic downturns and demonstrated that the true cost of a recession is much wider than just financial. This leads to...

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2000 - 2009

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The Power of Positive Thinking

This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) school briefing discusses how people who think positively are more likely to have good forward-planning skills, have more friends and earn more.

Research has found that positive future-thinking leads to wellbeing but is greatly affected by psychological...

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2000 - 2009

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Why Volunteering is Good For You - and Questions to Think About

This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) school briefing looks at the effects of volunteering on the community and also on the volunteer. Research has shown that people who volunteer enjoy a better quality of life and better health as well as improving conditions in their communities. The briefing includes...

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2000 - 2009

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What Is Healthy? What Is Beautiful?

This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) school briefing discusses fat as a class issue, as well as a feminist issue. Research shows that middle class families are more likely to be health-conscious eaters, and chances are the shops in their neighbourhoods offer a wider range of healthy food. The resource...

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2000 - 2009

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Do Models Need to Be Thin to Sell Moisturiser?

This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) school briefing looks at the effectiveness of advertising and whether it really is necessary for advertisers to use very thin models to sell their products.

Counter to this view, research shows that women are just as likely to buy a product if the model is of...

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2000 - 2009

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Fat is Not a Four-letter Word

This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) school briefing looks at how obesity is viewed by the general public and how the war on obesity could lead to discrimination on the grounds of a person's size and intolerance towards the over-weight. The briefing examines the possibly doubtful science that can colour...

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2000 - 2009

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