Current World Affairs
CURRENT WORLD AFFAIRS/PACIFIC RIM STUDIES
Teachers: Mr. Brian Dunn
- Phone- 340-4245
Grade Level: 12th
Length Of Course: 1 semester (1 Credit)
Overview of course:
In this required course, students will apply their previous social studies training into the world in which we live today. Emphasis will be placed on using current events to help understand an ever-changing world.
- Students will compare and contrast different cultural perceptions of time and events.
- Students will analyze multiple perspectives.
- Students will compare and analyze major ideas in different places, times and cultures, and how those ideas brought about continuity, change or conflict.
- Students will analyze how technological developments have changed people’s ideas about the natural world and evaluate their short and long term consequences.
- Students will produce and interpret maps, tables, and graphs that help explain phenomenon such as transportation networks within regions, literacy rates, voting patterns, or the variation in population density in relation to resources and land use.
- Students will evaluate how physical and human processes that change landscape can affect public policy debates.
- Students will analyze how environmental knowledge and responsible action can encourage species’ survival in the midst of air, water, and land issues.
- Students will evaluate how the numerous subcultures that comprise a national culture interact and examine the consequences of their interaction.
- Students will analyze how peoples’ responses to policy debates are shaped by cultural influences
- Students will explain key concepts found within foundational documents and evaluate their impact on the contemporary U.S. political system.
- Students will analyze why democratic ideals demand that people work together to reduce the disparity between those ideals and realities
- Students will examine and evaluate how citizens use and influence governmental institutions and processes to solve problems
- Students will examine and explain constitutional principles that establish and limit government
- Students will analyze problems and solutions related to the distribution of power
- Students will explain the purposes of government and analyze how its powers are acquired, used, justified, and balanced
- Students will analyze and explain how citizens can influence governments through voting, lobbying, protesting, revolution
- Students will analyze how individual rights can be balanced with the common good
- Students will engage in oral and written civic discourse to analyze pressing controversial issues and evaluate competing solutions
- Students will evaluate how corporations, government agencies, organizations, and public opinion influence the development of public policy.
- Students will predict how a change in a law or custom could affect production, distribution, or consumption of a good or service
- Students will explain how investments in human capital can increase productivity but such investments entail opportunity costs and risks.
- Students will analyze costs and benefits of the role of government in establishing and enforcing property rights or contractual agreements to protect the producer and consumer while attending to the public interest
- Students will analyze costs and benefits of how governments redistribute income through taxation and government expenditures
I) Middle East (15 days)
- Saudi Arabia
- II) The Pacific Rim (14 days)
- South Asia
III) Developing Nations (10 days)
- 3rd World Problems
- IV)Latin America (13 days)
- Central America
- South America
- USA Immigration
- V)Europe (10 days)
- European Union
- Western Europe
- Eastern Europe
- VI)American Government (23 days)
- Checks and Balances
This class requires a moderate amount of outside work. All homework is due at the beginning of the period on the due date. Those expecting a decent grade should prepare themselves for doing work outside of class.
Students are required to maintain regular attendance to earn high school credit. As per Board Policy 3122 and 2420/2420 P, students will be issued a NG (no grade) on the 13th absence. Also note that tardies in excess of 15 minutes are considered an absence. Please see pages 18-21 of the student handbook.
Make- Up Work:
You are responsible for all work assigned whether or not you are in class each day. Get the missing work from me before or after school, or get it from a friend. Do not ask during class time for your missing assignments. Students have two days to make up work for each excused absence.
Turning in late work
I will not accept major projects and papers late. A 50% deduction will be assessed for minor projects and homework each day it is late.
Students will be required to attend two meetings of local governmental agencies. A brief paper (three paragraphs) explaining what went on at the meeting as well as an evaluation of the process will follow within 5 days of attendance. This will account for about 5% of your grade, but it is mandatory. Due Date June 4, 2010
The units culminate with a test or project. If the test date was previously announced and the subject matter was covered in class, the student is expected to take the test with the rest of the class on the day it is given, even if the student was absent the day before. If the student misses the day of the test, he/she must make it up before or after school.
Students will be given a numerical score on each assignment and test they complete. The student’s final grade will be their percentage of the total points possible. The grading scale is as follows:
100%-93% A 92%- 90% A-
89%- 87% B+ 86%- 83% B
82%- 80% B- 79%- 77% C+
76%- 73% C 72%- 70% C-
69%- 67% D+ 66%- 60% D
59%- 0% F
You will be required to write a term paper showing a cause and effect relationship between our policies and world issues. It will be due on June 9, 2010 and is mandatory. No late papers will be accepted
Progress reports are available online through our PASS system. Students wanting to check their grade should see me before or after school. Parents wanting updates on the progress of their student can contact me anytime during school hours at 340-4245 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Be respectful and considerate of others. Follow the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
- Be in class on time.
- Expect to stay in class. Students will only be allowed to leave in case of emergency or upon request from the office.
- No food or drink in class.
Keys to Success:
- Communication- if you’re having trouble in the class, please come and talk to me.