• 2017-18 AICE General Paper - the aims of the Cambridge International AS Level General Paper are to:

    • Promote the skills of rational thought, persuasion, analysis, interpretation and evaluation.
    • Promote maturity of thought and clarity of expression.
    • Encourage the broad exploration and appraisal of social, cultural, economic, environmental, political, philosophical, scientific and technological issues.
    • Promote understanding and appreciation of individual, societal and cultural diversity.
    • Encourage independent, critical reading.

    Questions are general in nature, demanding discussion and evaluation, and will not necessarily be set on every topic in any single examination.  Possible areas for consideration might include:

    • The role of history and war; terrorism.
    • The role of the individual in society - the family, marriage, peer pressure, class.
    • Cultural changes - youth and drug culture.
    • Education and welfare.
    • Sport, leisure, international competition.
    • Wealth; changes in work practice.
    • The importance and impact of tourism on a country - implications for the economy, employment, public transport, environmental concerns.
    • The provision and politics of aid.
    • The State and its institutions.
    • Development of State, democracy, nationalism.
    • Minority groups, pressure groups.
    • Freedom of speech, action, thought.
    • Judiciary.
    • Matters of conscience, faith, tolerance, equality, opportunity.
    • Corruption.
    • Medical Dilemmas and issues of research and ethics; concept of progress in science.
    • Drug manufacture and provision.
    • Diet, health education.
    • Old and new industries.
    • Spin-offs from space industry; weaponry.
    • Information and communications technology; the internet.
    • Environmental concerns; renewable energy resources; climate change.
    • Migration; population dynamics.
    • Feeding the global population; farming techniques for the twenty-first century.
    • Public transport and travel.
    • The uses and applications of mathematics in everyday life.
    • Literature, biography, diary, science fiction.
    • Language - heritage, tradition, dialect.
    • The global media - tv, radio, satellite, influence and controls; effects on lifestyle, culture and habits; cultural dilution and diversification; advertising; role models.
    • Censorship; privacy; the right to know; freedom of the press, etc. uses and abuses.
    • Traditional arts and crafts; creativity; national heritage/preservation; effects of tourism.
    • Architecture; painting; fashion; photography; sculpture; music; heritage.