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Aim: Identify how rules affects our lives. Discuss whether laws restrict or liberate us.


a regulation or principle governing conduct or procedure within a given sphere. Law a rule or set of rules regulating the activities of members of country or community and enforced through penalties; something regarded as having binding force. Rule of law the law is sovereign. Nobody is above the law and will face a sanction.

In pairs, make a list of rules that exist either at home, at work, school or any other aspect of life. Divide your list into two columns: formal and informal. Think about who made the rules and how they are enforced

Formal rules

Informal rules

Not driving Wearing a over the uniform to speed limit. school.

It is important to have sanctions and punishments to enforce laws.

It is often said that we live under the rule of law, which means that everyone must obey the law and everyone is equally subjected to its sanctions. Laws are designed to control our behaviour, but the punishment should fit the crime.



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Devise a suitable punishment for each of the following: Driving whilst using a mobile phone (not with hands-free device). Parking your vehicle on double yellow lines. Neglecting your child, emotionally and financially. Stealing stationery from work. Benefit fraud. Murder. Compare everyones punishments to see if we share the same sense of justice!


Split the class into two sides

up with the arguments for and against the death penalty

As you watch the clip note down some of the arguments both for and against the death penalty FTA 15/death-penalty-declines-us-disapproval

Look at the final essay question as an example of a crime/punishment question (We will be doing more on punishment before Christmas)