Topics: Sociology, The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better, Social class Pages: 5 (1466 words) Published: April 3, 2013
Forberedelse til heldagsprøve i Engelsk
Vg1 SSP og vg2 YF,
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The essay questions in Part 2 of the exam are all linked to the same topic:

“Social Equality”

One of the basic democratic ideals is to guarantee social equality, which means that we all have the same rights and opportunities in life. However, the following newspaper headlines suggest that this is not always the case.

 Wheelchair users still barred from many jobs
 Pupils from top private schools still get the best jobs
 Not enough working-class students at university
 Rich still getting richer, poor stay poor
 Garbage collector was refused membership by posh golf
 Glass ceiling still prevents women from reaching top jobs  Name stops family from getting flat

On the examination day you will be asked to write a text related to this topic, in a given genre and for a specific audience. The texts below and your own preparations will help you get started.

Use your preparation period to find information about, and reflect on, issues of social equality in English-speaking countries. You might also want to review and look for literary texts and films you have studied that deal with this issue.

You should reflect on these points:
 gender
 income
 job opportunities
 cultural background
 social class
 disabilities

Remember that you can take your notes with you to the examination! Also, it is a good idea to download this document onto your computer!

“Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.” (Kofi Annan)

Ref:, n.d., Equality Poems, Retrieved 15.03.2013 from:

My old man's a white old manAnd my old mother's black.If ever I cursed my white old manI take my curses back.If ever I cursed my black old motherAnd wished she were in hell,I'm sorry for that evil wishAnd now I wish her wellMy old man died in a fine big house.My ma died in a shack.I wonder where I'm going to die,Being neither white nor black?  Langston Hughes

Ref.:, 03.01.2003, Langston Hughes(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri), Retrieved 15.03.2013 from:

And this is for those of you who would like a more challenging and academic text: Why inequality is bad for you -- and everyone else
By Richard Wilkinson, Special to CNN
November 6, 2011 -- Updated 1203 GMT (2003 HKT)

Richard Wilkinson on economic inequality
Richard Wilkinson: Evidence confirms that inequality causes social problems Social ills in U.S., U.K. can be up to 10 times greater than in more equal countries When there's more inequality, people become desperate for higher social status, he says Wilkinson: Children trained either for world of constant struggle or for cooperation Editor's note: Richard Wilkinson is emeritus professor of social epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School. He is co-author of a book, "The Spirit Level" with Kate Pickett and is a co-founder of The Equality Trust, a campaign seeking to reduce income inequality in the U.K. Wilkinson spoke at the TED Global conference in July in Edinburgh, U.K. TED is an organization dedicated to "Ideas worth spreading," which it makes available through talks posted on its website.

(CNN) -- People have always known that inequality is divisive and socially corrosive. What is surprising, now that we have the data to compare societies, is how clear the effects of inequality are. A wide range of social problems are worse in societies with bigger income differences between rich and poor. These include physical and mental illness, violence, low math and literacy scores among young people, lower...
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