Integrated Global Issues H (05990020)

Integrated Global Issues H (05990020)


2.0 Credits; Weighted
Length: Year; Format: Double Period, Meets Daily
Grade(s): 10
Prerequisite(s): Teacher Recommendation or Gifted Identification

This team-taught seminar, second in a sequence of four interdisciplinary courses, uses a Parallel Curriculum Model to combine advanced work in international studies with intense analysis of literary works from both non-Western cultures and the English-speaking world. The focus is on the non-Western world, concentrating on area studies of the Middle East, Africa, Russia, South and Central Asia, and the East Asia. Current issues are analyzed by interpreting key historical events and exploring the cultural heritage of each region. Important global issues such as human rights compliance, arms proliferation, conflict resolution, and trade are also studied in depth. By combining a comprehensive social studies approach (geopolitical, environmental, economic, demographic, anthropological, and sociological) with integrated language arts (novels, short stories, poetry, art, film, and music), this course develops critical thinking about contemporary international issues and universal themes. Exercises in creative and analytical writing, public speaking, debate, and research are combined with extensive group and independent work, hands-on projects, and simulations, to create an active learning experience. A research project requires that students develop an original thesis, evaluate and select resources, take notes, produce an outline, write a large essay, and provide thorough documentation of sources. At the conclusion of this project, students present their findings to the class. (S)