Introduction

Do students and young people care about politics? Often the most passionate and insistent voices are those of young people – we see many young faces at the front of protests against the arms trade, global poverty or the Iraq war.

However, most young people don't seem to be involved in more regular and everyday political practices like voting or participating in decision making in their universities or colleges.

Nothing Diagram



Are young people bothered about politics? Are you part of an apathetic generation?

Or is non-participation a rational response to the political choices currently available?





Outline of the learning activity


  • You will be asked to investigate how students can participate in the political life of your campus and how many actually take part.
  • You will be asked to consider why students are relatively inactive in the political life of universities and colleges.
  • Finally, you will be asked to evaluate different explanations of why young people vote in low numbers at general elections.