ISSUES previous programme

Here are some examples of issues raised by the different notions. There is no specific order. You may find links on articles published on my site to help you with further arguments and ideas.

To help you get ready for your oral examination, here is a blank grid  to ARGUE ABOUT THE NOTION.

Refer to the lists to make your vocabulary richer.

List of questions you may be asked about the notion. (exam interaction)



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  • How can school favor exchange ?
  • Where is it better to learn : at home or at school ?
  • How has the Internet changed the limits between public and private lives ?
  • How can social networks favor exchange between people ?
  • How do social networks make people closer or more distant ?
  • Should a robot or a machine be treated as a human being ?
  • Can couch surfing enhance people’s exchanges ?
  • How can Art / Street Art unite or divide people ?
  • How can Art be a means of self-expression ?
  • How can Sport unite a nation ?
  • How can public transport (buses/underground/train) be turned into a space of exchange and communication?
  • Is immigration an asset for a country or not ?
  • How can a mixed race child find his/her own identity ?


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  • How can the power of money change people’s behaviour ?
  • How can words be more powerful than firearms ?
  • How can the power of vote change a nation ?
  • How can humour overcome man’s suffering or powerlessness ?
  • How can education become a counterpower ?
  • How can the media influence how people think and act ?
  • How does advertising manipulate people ?
  • How are stereotypes used and controlled by the media ?
  • How far can a government go to protect a nation ?
  • Why do people fight and kill for power ?
  • Colonization : the power of men over men
  • Man’s power vs woman’s power
  • Being a woman in a man’s world
  • The Internet : a new form of power
  • Google : a powerful search engine


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