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Session 2: Human rights: Balancing rights and responsibilities
- Different Needs, Common Ground
- Human rights: Balancing rights and responsibilities
- Should the government be allowed to track your emails and phone calls?
Balancing rights can be difficult. There have been lots of debates recently about the right to privacy, in particular how much power the government should have to monitor our phone calls and emails. Some argue that surveillance is necessary to fight extremism and organised crime; others argue that it is an excessive invasion of privacy. This highlights how rights can be controversial and involve difficult trade-offs.
- Students will consider the arguments for and against online surveillance, and whether it infringes on the right to privacy
- Students will consider whether there is a trade-off between freedom and security
- Students will identify arguments for and against online surveillance
- Students will give a speech about surveillance, giving reasons for their views
- Students will evaluate statements about human rights, giving reasons for their views
In this topic
Students consider the precious liberties enjoyed by citizens of the United Kingdom and the role of the police. They debate and evaluate viewpoints and present reasoned arguments.