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SS3190: Contemporary Global Issues

Course Description

Breaking News! The world is changing around us every minute. In this course- students will explore major themes and developments that shaped the modern world- such as human rights- human and environment interaction- poverty- wealth and power- people and activism- peace and conflict and population and movement in order to develop an understanding of the roots of current world issues. Students will apply the Common Core reading and writing standards as well as the disciplinary tools of civics- geography- economics and history. Furthermore- students will be able to clearly define and apply their understanding of culture- geography and globalization.

Essential Standards

  • Individually and with others, students analyze the impact and the appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights. (D2.Civ.10.9-12)
  • Individually and with others, students analyze historical, contemporary, and emerging means of changing societies, promoting the common good, and protecting rights. (D2.Civ.14.9-12)
  • Individually and with others, students evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level. (D2.Civ.5.9-12)
  • Individually and with others, students explain how current globalization trends and policies affect economic growth, labor markets, rights of citizens, the environment, and resource and income distribution in different nations. (D2.Eco.15.9-12)
  • Individually and with others, students analyze relationships and interactions within and between human and physical systems to explain reciprocal influences that occur among them. (D2.Geo.4.9-12)
  • Individually and with others, students analyze the reciprocal nature of how historical events and the spatial diffusion of ideas, technologies, and cultural practices have influenced migration patterns and the distribution of human population. (D2.Geo.7.9-12)
  • Individually and with others, students analyze the influence of the primary agents of socialization and why they are influential. (D2.Soc.11.9-12)
  • Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information. (RH.9-10.1)
  • Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text. (RH.9-10.2)
  • Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts. (RH.9-10.6)
  • Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text. (RH.9-10.7)
  • Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claims. (RH.9-10.8)
  • Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content. (WHST.9-10.1)
  • Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes. (WHST.9-10.2)