A Brief Listing by Unit of Readings, Activities & Topics

Unit 1 Global Citizenship

EQsHow is perspective manipulated?  How do one’s perspectives influence views of global citizenship?

  • The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman
  • 100 People
  • The Danger of a Single Story Chimamanda Adiche
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen
  • Types of Maps: Peters, Robinson, Mercator
  • Global Citizenship – Towards a Definition, Taso Lagos
  • Save the Darfur Puppy, Nicholas Kristof
  • Building Water Democracy, Vandana Shive
  • The Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus
  • What Microloans Miss, James Surowieck

Unit II Comparative Systems & Globalization

EQs – Is Democracy good for the poor? Is Capitalism good for the poor?  What is globalization?

  • Democracy
  • What Political Institutions Does Large-Scale Democracy Require?, Robert Dahl
  • Authoritarianism & Totalitarianism
  • Facing the Challenges of Semi-Authoritarian States, Marina Ottaway
  • As Scorn for Vote Grows, Protests Surge Around Globe, Nicholas Kulish
  • Aung San Suu Kyi Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
  • Economic Systems
  • International Trade
  • Greed is Good, Fareed Zakaria
  • Across Globe, Empty Bellies Bring Rising Anger, Marc Lacey
  • The Poor Man’s Burden, William Easterly
  • Black Gold
  • Lost Boys of Sudan

Unit III Global Conflict and Security

EQs – How do the causes and methods of conflict vary through situation and place?  In what ways are conflicts a global issue?

  • Israel/Palestine
  • Iran
    • Persepolis
    • Funny in Farsi
  • Environmental Conflict Research Paper
  • Arab Spring
  • India/Pakistan/Kashmir/Nuclear Proliferation
  • Korea- North/South, Domestic/International
  • Terrorism

Unit IV Human Rights

EQs – What are human rights and who is responsible for ensuring them?

  • UN Declaration of Human Rights
  • What is Childhood, Craig Kielburger
  • Everywhere on Earth, Eduardo Galeano
  • Rethinking Child Labor, Beatrice Newbery
  • Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
  • Hope Springs Eternal, Ishmael Beah
  • UN Simulation
  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
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