Vous êtes nombreux à me demander de vous aider à trouver des idées de « problématique » (key questions) pour vos oraux. Il n’est pas évident de proposer une problématique qui pourrait être utilisée par tout le monde car vous avez tous étudié des textes et documents différents. Je vais donc plutôt vous donner quelques idées de problématiques simples par notion… à vous de les adapter à vos textes et documents utilisés en cours.
Je vais mettre à jour l’article régulièrement – comme toujours sur le blog n’hésitez pas à proposer d’autres problématiques dans la partie « commentaires » – ça pourrait toujours inspirer les autres!
Myths and Heroes
What is a modern-day/contemporary hero? What impact do they have on our lives?
How can an ordinary person make the world a better place?
Why are sports heroes so important in today’s society?
To what extent does Barack Obama represent the black American dream?
To what extent did Rosa Parks/ Martin Luther King/Malcolm X contribute to the improvement of black American’s rights?
To what extent do myths represent society’s values?
In today’s society to what extent is there a need for myths, something to believe in that is greater than we are?
What is the role of the media in the making of heroes?
Is it useful for society to have « superheroes »?
What is the role of the media in the rise and fall of certain « heroes »?
Why are myths and heroes so important to our society?
In what way are heroes portrayed in Hollywood movies? How does this reflect our society today?
From rags to riches: Self-made men/women – how did they do it?
The Queen of England : why do the British love her so much?
Spaces and Exchanges
What drives people to leave their country to go and live in another country?
Is the American Dream still alive? What attracts immigrants to live in the USA?
Has the Olympic ideal of fair play and tolerance been now replaced by money, drugs and politics?
What are the different conflicts that have shaped the US society? What effect have they had on the USA as we know it today?
What are the advantages of moving to another country to study or find work?
To what extent does travelling to a foreign country broaden our horizons?
What impact does globalisation have on international exchanges?
Why do refugees choose to leave their countries? What difficulties do they face?
In what way does travelling broaden the mind?
What difficulties do immigrants face when they arrive in a new country?
Idea of Progress
To what extent does new technology isolate people?
Are social networking sites a threat to our private lives?
How has the internet modified our social behaviour and changed the way we communicate?
To what extent does progress change our vision of the others and of the world?
To what extent has technological progress made an impact on our environment?
Working from home – is it the end of productivity or the future of work?
How does modern technology affect today’s society? Does it have a positive or a negative effect?
To what extent has social progress over the past century led to an improvement in women’s rights?
What sort of social progress was made in the 20th century? How did it come about?
In what ways has progress made modern-day life better?
How has the internet changed today’s world?
How did the Civil Rights movement bring about progress in the USA?
What major technological/scientific breakthroughs have been made in the last decades and how have they changed our lives?
Are peoples rights progressing or regressing?
Places and forms of power
In what way does sport have the power to unite people in a way that little else can?
« Whoever controls the media controls the mind (Jim Morrison) » – how much power do the media have over us?
When power is misused how do people rebel against it?
In what ways do the social networks have power to influence public opinion?
To what extent can we say that schools and universities are instruments of power?
How powerful is the NRA (National Rifle Association)? How has it consistently succeeded in defeating new gun control legislation in the USA?
How have civil rights activists used nonviolent protest to bring about change in the USA?
Money is power and rare are the heads that can withstand the possession of great power (Benjamin Disraeli) : how far is this quote true?
What are the limits to power? In what ways can power be abused?
To what extent can education be a key to power?
With social networks and internet is it possible to limit the power of the media?
How do people exercise their power? What are the different tools used?