2017/18 Issues

The Issue is a current affairs content package for young people prepared with journalists at The Economist. Current and previous issues are only available to participating Burnet News Club schools.

Catalonia: In it together or independent?

JANUARY 2017

On October 27th 2017, the Spanish region of Catalonia declared that it no longer wanted to be part of Spain. In response, the Spanish government took control of the region. This is one example of a group of people considering breaking away from a larger group.

Around the world there is an increasing number of groups wanting to break away. Some of these are within a country and some are countries themselves wanting to break away from bigger groups they have special ties with. Throughout history, regions and countries have both grouped together and moved apart. But recently, more groups seem keen to move apart.

This issue will look at whether it’s better to be independent or to be in it together.

The resources for this topic featured:

  • An overview of the issue
  • Explanations of the important concepts young people need to make sense of this issue
  • Maps that show different types of nations and how borders in Europe have changed
  • The main arguments on this issue 
  • Detailed optional session plans for teachers, showing how the content could be used in each session
  • Content to support engaging activities and games that promote critical thinking about the issue
  • Writing frames to help club members prepare posts for the Hub.

Social housing

NOVEMBER 2017

In this issue, we asked “how we should house those most in need?”

There is a lot less social housing than there used to be, and the amount of money the government spends on social housing has dropped significantly. In the early 1980s about one-third of homes in the country were social housing. Today the level is about half that. Instead people are more likely to own their home, or to rent it from a private landlord. This has raised concerns among some people. The right to shelter is a human right, which means that anybody, no matter who they are, should be able to have a roof over their head. If the government provides less social housing, then fewer people who can’t afford to rent or buy a home will have shelter. This is very concerning.

The resources for this topic featured:

  • An overview of the issue
  • Explanations of the important concepts young people need to make sense of this issue
  • An overview of different types of housing
  • Interviews with people living in social housing
  • The main arguments on this issue and the prominent people who are making them
  • Detailed optional session plans for teachers, showing how the content could be used in each session
  • Content to support engaging activities and games that promote critical thinking about the issue
  • Writing frames to help club members prepare posts for the Hub.

Russia and Rights

SEPTEMBER 2017

Russia is in the news at the moment because it has been flexing its muscles. It has been getting involved in other countries’ affairs and there are allegations that Russia interfered with the American election. This causes concern to several countries for many reasons. One of them is that Russia doesn’t grant its people the human rights it promised to. Countries such as the UK worry that if Russian influence spreads more widely, human-rights abuses might become more common.

In this issue, we’ll be learning about how Russia treats human rights and deciding whether we, the UK, should do anything about that.

The resources for this topic featured:

  • An overview of the issue
  • Explanations of the important concepts young people need to make sense of this issue
  • An overview of human rights
  • Information on how human rights are treated in Russia
  • The main arguments on this issue and the prominent people who are making them
  • Detailed optional session plans for teachers, showing how the content could be used in each session
  • Content to support engaging activities and games that promote critical thinking about the issue
  • Writing frames to help club members prepare posts for the Hub.

Comments are closed.