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Aims and Outcomes

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Aim: Explore issues surrounding culture, identity and ethnicity. Outcomes: Define culture, identity and ethnicity. Describe factors that may contribute to identity. Discuss multicultural Britain. Explain the difficulties and discrimination certain individuals may face in multicultural Britain, with reference to specific case studies.

What is Culture?
Take a minute to record your own definitions on the whiteboards.

Culture is.....

The total of the inherited ideas, beliefs, values and knowledge of particular individuals within society. (Collins English Dictionary1998)

Look at the handouts provided. This shows a variety of possible definitions of culture.

What is identity?
Take a minute to record your own definitions on the whiteboards.

Identity is.....

The state of having unique, identifying characteristics.

The individual characteristics by which a person or thing is recognised. (Collins English Dictionary 1998).

What is ethnicity?
Take a minute to record your own definitions on the whiteboards.

Ethnicity is. . . . .

A group of people who identify with each other through common heritage: background, culture, language, traditions etc.

Outcome 2
Can we define culture, identity and ethnicity?

What makes you who you are?

Write one thing on a post it note and stick it on the whiteboard.

We will feedback when you have finished.

Identity

We are all different. We all have defining features, families, experiences that make us the people we are today.

Lots of different variables contribute to our own identity.

Outcome 3 Describe factors that may contribute to identity.

Can we do this?

Images of Britain
Have a look at the posters! Choose 2 things you think represent Britain the most, write your number 1 choice on the whiteboard. In groups, discuss: Why did you choose them? What images do you think were missing? What do you like/dislike about living in Britain? We will feedback to the group.

Things that represent Britain

Multicultural Britain

A place that demonstrates difference. Embraces different cultures and ideas. Respects and tolerates people of varying ethnicities.

Is this a good, or a bad thing? Why?

Outcome 4 Discuss multicultural Britain.

Can we do this?

Case Studies
What are the difficulties this person has to face? How have they dealt with them? Have you ever had similar difficulties? On what basis do people often make judgements about others? What are the consequences of prejudging someone? Is there anything in place in our society to prevent/stop this?

Outcome 5
Explain the difficulties certain individuals may face in multicultural Britain. Can we do this?

Next week. . . . .

We will look at gender and equal opportunities.