Modern World History
Modern World History is a semester course that, coupled with World History 9, fulfills students’ social studies world history requirement. The class will be structured like a mock United Nations Security Council. Students will represent the interests of assigned nations while they work together to address global challenges.
In each unit of study, students will examine current global issues, uncover historical context to better understand the issues, then work together to resolve the issues. Possible units of study include:
- Country Studies — Learn assigned countries.
- Middle East Peace — Should a state of Palestine be established, and if yes, under what conditions? Historical Context: Historic Arab and Jewish claims to the Holy Land.
- Political and Economic Imperialism — Should nations intervene in political and economic disputes in Africa? Historical Context: 1880s Scramble for Africa and 1960s African independence movements.
- Territory Disputes — Do the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands belong to China, Japan or neither country? Historical Context: Relations between China and Japan since the mid-1800s.
- Unrest in Ukraine – Should U.N. members act against Russia for alleged incursion into eastern Ukraine? Context: Russia’s geopolitical history.
- Refugee Crises -- How do we address the short-term needs of refugees and the long-term political and economic conditions that displace people? Historical Context: Political conflicts and economic plights in Myanmar, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Syria, Somalia, Eritrea, and South Sudan.
- Nuclear Weapons — Should Iran and/or North Korea be sanctioned for pursuing development of nuclear weapons? Historical Context: Various nations’ pursuit of nuclear weapons in the 20th Century.
- War on Drugs — Should the U.N. support Mexico with development loans and/or military aid in Mexico’s battle against drug cartels? Historical Context: Drug trade in the Western Hemisphere since prohibition in the U.S. in the 1920s.
- International Trade — Should members of the World Trade Organization be sanctioned for imposing tariffs in violation of treaties? Historical Context: 1940s Bretton-Woods Agreement and General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
- Class Disparity, Equity and Debt — Should world organizations extend loans to European nations drowning in debt, and if yes, under what conditions? Historical Context: The Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War.