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    Any clever people who maybe studied politics/sociology/science?

    Evening all.

    I am studying science and have one assignment that I have been putting off doing till I can't avoid it any more because, tbh, I just can't get my head round it!

    I have been fine with all of the assignments I've had since starting the course last year and have always got top marks, but this topic we are studying now is SOOOOOO not my thing LOL!

    We have been doing the topic 'Perceptions of science' and have had assignments of ethics, morailty, effect on society etc. The first section of the 5th assignment is related to politics. I will post the brief in the 2nd post. I don't expect anyone to hold my hand through the whole thing, I would just really appreciate some pointers to help get me started.

    Thanks so much x

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    I will take a look in the morning for you, not promising anything though, may be past my knowledge, but i studied sociology, criminology and criminal justice at university.

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    • (a) Take five different groups or organisations which have a political agenda and describe their influence on science (both good and bad). At the same time explain how science is funded and how such financial support may influence science.

    I have managed to get down these:
    • HPA - Health Protection Agency
    • WHO - World Health Organisation
    • Greenpeace
    • FSA - Food Standards Agency
    • DEFRA – Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    • Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)
    • Voluntary Euthanasia Society (VES)
    • Amnesty International
    • Friends of the Earth
    • Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)

    My teacher has confirmed that any 5 of these would be suitable, depending on what info I can find out about them, problem is that I don't know what info I am searchiing for!

    I guess basically if someone could explain to me what having a politcal agenda means then that would give me an idea for a start, or perhaps explain to me using one of the above as an example.

    I have done loads of Googling, but just don't understand what it means enough to apply it to science or any of these organisations

    Thank yous x
    Edited by: "Mrs.Z" 17th Dec 2010

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    asayer

    I will take a look in the morning for you, not promising anything though, … I will take a look in the morning for you, not promising anything though, may be past my knowledge, but i studied sociology, criminology and criminal justice at university.



    That would be excellent, thank you very much

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    Sorry couldn't help you with the mag you wanted.

    i studied politics

    political agenda - really means raising awareness of issues in politics and getting them discussed and implemented in parliament through legislation for instance, greenpeace would want issues such as protecting the environment on the political agenda

    also agenda can suggest a hidden plan
    in simple terms
    smaller groups organisations who have a minority in parliament or no representation may agree to support policies/votes (politcial favours) say for instance from the tories in exchange for the tories raising awareness of a save the trees campaign
    you scratch my back i'll scratch yours type thing


    not sure if that helps you any



    Edited by: "shedboy66" 17th Dec 2010

    en.wikipedia.org/wik…nda

    for a brief summary

    the example of make poverty history campaign is a good example of a group with a political agenda of raising awareness of world poverty




    Edited by: "shedboy66" 17th Dec 2010

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    shedboy66

    i studied politics political agenda - really means raising awareness of … i studied politics political agenda - really means raising awareness of issues in politics and getting them discussed and implemented in parliament through legislation for instance, greenpeace and members of the green party would want issues such as protecting the environment on the political agenda not sure if that helps you any



    Thank you for replying

    I think I vaguely get it.... I feel such a dunce with this, honestly. So, for example, if Greenpeace did some scientific research and discovered something needs to be addressed, then they will put it forward to be discussed in the Houses of Parliament?

    So the political agenda is things which are due/need to be discussed by the government?

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    tinkerbell28

    If you want to understand it do some reading on the WHO, their … If you want to understand it do some reading on the WHO, their classifications from SARS, H5N1 to their pandemic classifiaction of H1N1.Very interesting reading and perfect for what you need.


    Thank you, they sound perfect to use for WHO

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    DLM

    Sorry couldn't help you with the mag you wanted.



    Ok, thanks for letting me know - unfortunately no-one else came forward either so reached a dead end with it

    What about the "Science for all Americans" document - it has alot about what children should be taught, regarding science, and at what age (i think).

    Beyond 2000 was a good one too.

    Both can be read through google.

    hope this helps.
    Edited by: "Latinosharkey" 17th Dec 2010

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    Mrs.Z

    Ok, thanks for letting me know - unfortunately no-one else came forward … Ok, thanks for letting me know - unfortunately no-one else came forward either so reached a dead end with it



    Is the pantomime on here:-

    lastminute.com/sit…ASC

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    Latinosharkey

    What about the "Science for all Americans" document - it has alot about … What about the "Science for all Americans" document - it has alot about what children should be taught, regarding science, and at what age (i think).Beyond 2000 was a good one too.Both can be read through google.hope this helps.



    I will be sure to take a look, never heard of either of those - thank you

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    DLM

    Is the pantomime on … Is the pantomime on here:-http://www.lastminute.com/site/entertainment/event-browse.html?firstCharacter=A&pageSize=25&catID=95901&sortBy=nameASC


    No it's not on there unfortunately - I got happy because I saw 'Sleeping Beauty' but we were looking at the Kenneth More theatre

    Thanks though

    pro life group would be a goer Shirley?

    maybe religous groups too

    and environmentalists.

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    Quick answer, all of them are tossers

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    KillFelix

    Quick answer, all of them are tossers


    Not sure how many marks I would get for that answer

    Hi hun I can help you in Politics - will have to pm you though x

    I would start by getting a brief outline of the main stances followed by the organisations you select.
    Political agenda of said groups revolves around the manner that the various groups attempt to get the policies they support implemented.
    It may include lobbying and/or raising public awareness in the media.
    Science is funded both through government and special interest groups. In order to get government funding there may be a series of campaigns to get the public onside and thus provide extra leverage to encourage government funding.

    For instance in the case of genetic engineering.... Supporters have suggested that it is the only/best way forward to be able to feed an ever increasing population. Detractors point out the possible disasterous effects on the environment.
    Opposing groups each attempt to build a convincing argument in order to attract funding for their cause. In some cases there are multinational companies that support a particular viewpoint and there are potentially huge financial gains to be made. In such cases it may be that profit may perform a more convincing case than science alone.

    Obviously you need to be much more structured but thats just a few ideas that you have no need to follow.

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    WoolyM

    I would start by getting a brief outline of the main stances followed by … I would start by getting a brief outline of the main stances followed by the organisations you select.Political agenda of said groups revolves around the manner that the various groups attempt to get the policies they support implemented.It may include lobbying and/or raising public awareness in the media. Science is funded both through government and special interest groups. In order to get government funding there may be a series of campaigns to get the public onside and thus provide extra leverage to encourage government funding.For instance in the case of genetic engineering.... Supporters have suggested that it is the only/best way forward to be able to feed an ever increasing population. Detractors point out the possible disasterous effects on the environment.Opposing groups each attempt to build a convincing argument in order to attract funding for their cause. In some cases there are multinational companies that support a particular viewpoint and there are potentially huge financial gains to be made. In such cases it may be that profit may perform a more convincing case than science alone.Obviously you need to be much more structured but thats just a few ideas that you have no need to follow.



    What amazing help, thank you so much - some really good ideas of things for me to look at
    I really appreciate you taking the time to reply x

    Politics in essence is about gaining some power in society. Roughly speaking that power can be used to maintain the status quo or to make changes.

    A Political Agenda is simple what you wish to do with the power you gain. As we now live in a world where for most people science is seen as the primary or sole process by which we can understand and change the world it can be an incredibly powerful tool/weapon for those wishing to promote their views.

    One of the most intense uses of science in politics occurs within the world of Environmental Science. Massive multinational industries such as oil and motor manufacturers have spent millions funding science to argue against science undertaken by what started off as concerned individuals, government agencies and also what grew into fully fledged political parties. These groups were then joined by a burgeoning Eco industry that saw markets and potential profits in the raised awareness and concern by the population about the environment, food production personal health etc.

    We now live in a world where whole university research departments are being funded by companies or industries with a very definite political agenda.

    Bill Gates using his wealth to get into the politics of GM food.
    naturalnews.tv/v.a…3B3

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    Plum

    Politics in essence is about gaining some power in society. Roughly … Politics in essence is about gaining some power in society. Roughly speaking that power can be used to maintain the status quo or to make changes.A Political Agenda is simple what you wish to do with the power you gain. As we now live in a world where for most people science is seen as the primary or sole process by which we can understand and change the world it can be an incredibly powerful tool/weapon for those wishing to promote their views.One of the most intense uses of science in politics occurs within the world of Environmental Science. Massive multinational industries such as oil and motor manufacturers have spent millions funding science to argue against science undertaken by what started off as concerned individuals, government agencies and also what grew into fully fledged political parties. These groups were then joined by a burgeoning Eco industry that saw markets and potential profits in the raised awareness and concern by the population about the environment, food production personal health etc. We now live in a world where whole university research departments are being funded by companies or industries with a very definite political agenda.Bill Gates using his wealth to get into the politics of GM food.http://www.naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=227D7E07509381609DBF1873A2E6E3B3



    Thank you VERY much - you've really helped me gain an understanding into the wider view of the topic and I really appreciate your help

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    I'm sure you'll find anwers here too:
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    KillFelix

    I'm sure you'll find anwers here too: http://tvshack.bz/tv/1543



    Thanks but that link doesn't go anywhere for me?
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