This course examines contemporary world events and their political, economic, social, historic, and geographic roots. It explores the dynamics of global interactions among nations and regions and how they create issues that affect all of humanity. These dynamics include competing beliefs and goals, methods of engagement, and conflict and cooperation. The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to develop and defend conclusions. As we study contemporary world events, we will continue to develop the 21st Century Skills needed to be productive citizens in our modern world and focus on how students can impact global issues through service learning.
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- The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons Unit
On July 16, 1945 in the New Mexican desert the Trinity Test took place and ushered the world into the nuclear age. The Trinity Test was the result of years of research by scientists working with the Manhattan Project. The next month two atomic bombs were dropped on Japanese cities to hasten the end of WWII. Those two bombs began a nuclear arms race and ultimately 60+ years of debate over the morality and necessity of such weapons. As globalization has transformed our world in ways we never anticipated, the debate over nuclear weapons continues today.