Youth & Brexit
In this study guide, you will learn more about the role of YOUTH in POLITICS through a CASE STUDY OF BREXIT.
- What does participation and representation entail?
- Are young citizens disengaged from politics?
- Is there a generation gap in attitudes towards politics and civic engagement – what does the Brexit Referendum tell us?
- How can we encourage better youth participation and representation in politics?
The activities are intended to help you deepen your understanding of these issues. They will also support the development of those critical thinking skills that you will be expected to demonstrate in your A / AS Level Exams, and at university.
If you are a STUDENT you will find these activities useful as part of your self guided study or exam preparation.
If you are a TEACHER you may wish to incorporate these activities into your lesson plans either as individual OR small group activities.
ALL CONTENT INCLUDED IN THIS STUDY GUIDE HAS BEEN COMPILED BY THE GENERATION BREXIT PROJECT TEAM UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DR JENNIFER JACKSON-PREECE, DEPUTY HEAD OF THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTE, LSE.
'Youth and Brexit' Slideshow
In this activity, you are asked to think about the role of young people in politics, and what might be done to encourage greater participation and representation of young people in the UK and elsewhere. You should be prepared to cite evidence from the resources in support of your views
First, you should watch the short TED X LSE PODCAST ‘How can we engage young people in politics.’ You may also find it helpful to refer back to the ‘Youth and Brexit’ slideshow.
- Do you think young people are less interested in politics than older people, and if so why?
- What, if anything, should be done to encourage young people to become more active in politics?
In this task you are asked to examine the controversy about a generational divide in the Brexit Referendum.
First, you should EXPLORE THE RESOURCES on the GENERATION DIVIDE CONTROVERSY. These include an LSE PODCAST ‘Mind the Gap’ and several LSE BLOGS. You may also find it helpful to refer back to the ‘Youth and Brexit’ slideshow
You should then try to identify reasons FOR and AGAINST the following proposition: The outcome of the Brexit Referendum is an example of ‘generational injustice’.
You should aim to identify a series of POINT / EXAMPLE / EXPLANATION style arguments. You may find it helpful to refer back to the ‘Youth, and Brexit slide show as well as the other resources included in the study guide. After you have completed these notes, take some time to consider your own point of view. Which arguments do you find most convincing, and on what basis? Be prepared to fully explain your position citing relevant evidence.
If you are using this study guide as part of your independent learning or revision, you may want to conclude this activity by writing a practice exam style essay on this question.
If you are a teacher using this study guide as part of a lesson plan, then you may wish to use this question as the basis for a class debate.
This activity invites you to engage in a debate with other young people on the Generation Brexit platform. First, you should WATCH the SHORT FT Podcast ‘Giving a Voice to Generation Brexit.’ You may also find it helpful to read some of the blogs on what young people want from Brexit, and to take a look at the LSE MLMS REPORT. Then you should go to the GENERATION BREXIT platform and find out what other young people are SAYING about the kind of future relationship they want with Europe after Brexit.
Based on this discussion, do you think most young people are now in favour of Brexit? Or do you think most young people still want to remain a part of the EU? Based on the views expressed by young people, do you think there should be a second referendum to accept or reject the final Brexit deal? Why or why not?
Do you have an IDEA to share?
Generation Brexit has one purpose: it gives young people across the UK and the EU a voice in the Brexit negotiations. By taking part in this policy making project you can shape the future of UK-EU relations post-Brexit. The best ideas will be turned into policy proposals sent to the UK and EU parliaments.
Generation Brexit is also offering an exciting opportunity for Sixth Form students to intern with an LSE crowdsourcing project as a PLATFORM FACILITATOR responsible for encouraging constructive engagement with Brexit related issues amongst platform users.
Each PLATFORM FACILITATOR will be expected to spend half an hour on the platform each week for a period of four weeks, and earn 100 participation points on the platform. These participation points can be earned by voting or commenting on other people’s ideas, responding to surveys or posting your own ideas. PLATFORM FACILITATORS who fulfil these requirements will receive a certificate from the LSE to highlight their contribution to the project.
This is a great opportunity to participate in the Brexit debate and gain valuable experience that you can include in your UCAS personal statement. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org