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Global Studies

Subject: Social Studies

Course Description:

With more than six billion people in the world today, there are a lot of stories to write about. Researching and writing these stories will be your assignment as a new reporter for the Global News Network.

In this course, all the stories are big stories. Human rights, the environment, global security, and international economic systems are all part of your beat. The stories also have real human interest because they deal with peoples’ customs, cultures, and how they interact. Your job will be to research the facts, and present them with clarity and context. Your job will also involve identifying real global problems, and then suggesting well-developed solutions.

This is a course that makes you think. The stories are current and compelling. They need to be told, and the right person to tell them is you.

Major Topics:

Segment 1:

  • Online navigation and course expectations
  • Netiquette
  • Plagiarism and citing work
  • Academic Integrity
  • Research tools to gather information
  • Geographic concepts such as topography, natural and man-made boundaries
  • Difference between a country and a continent
  • Physical and Human geography
  • Definition of a country and political authority
  • Identify the seven continents
  • Use of maps to communicate geographic information
  • Analyze information obtained from maps and other resources
  • Interpreting and using different types of maps
  • Relative location
  • Finding directions using internet tools
  • Difference between weather and climate
  • Climate controls
  • Climate zones
  • Interpreting climate graphs
  • Daily impact of climate and weather
  • Conducting, interpreting and using information obtain in a survey
  • Classification of information as either being local, national, or global
  • Changes in world population and impact on earth and resources
  • Agricultural Revolution
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Human migration
  • Using demographic information
  • Global allocation and use of natural resources
  • Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and stress when needs not met
  • Earth’s carrying capacity
  • Ecological footprint and ecological deficit
  • World hunger
  • Economics and environmental issues of food choice
  • Cultural stereotypes
  • Definition of culture
  • Cultural universals
  • Acculturation and assimilation
  • Cultural diversity and tolerance
  • Ethnocentrism and bigotry
  • Types of government and transfer of power
  • Purpose of governments
  • Conflict and cooperation among different nations
  • National identity, patriotism and nationalism
  • Use of national anthems
  • Roots of terrorism
  • Political, economical, and religious motivation of conflict between people
  • Fundamentalism
  • Individual contributions toward world peace

Segment 2:

  • Basic economic terms ( goods, producers, market, raw materials, resources)
  • Types of resources (natural, human, capital)
  • Imports/Exports
  • Balance of Trade
  • Surplus and Deficit
  • Gross National Product definition
  • Identification of who and where goods are produced when determining the Gross National Product
  • Gross Domestic Product definition
  • Identification of who and where goods are produced when determining the Gross Domestic Product
  • Characteristics of economic systems ( feudalism, capitalism, communism, socialism)
  • Subsistence economy
  • Traditional economy
  • Market economy
  • Fixed economy
  • Communism in Cuba
  • Globalization
  • Identifying examples of globalization in the community
  • Practical application of balance of trade
  • Discussion of the European Union as an example of globalization
  • Characteristics of European Union
  • Evaluation of pros and cons of the European Union
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • International Bill of Rights
  • Apartheid
  • Examination of Apartheid in South Africa
  • Apartheid as an example of a Human Rights Violation
  • Child Labor
  • Refugees
  • Human Rights Enforcement
  • Non violent conflict resolution
  • Group efforts to promote human rights
  • Non governmental organizations
  • Inter governmental organizations
  • The UN and Human Rights
  • International Criminal Court
  • Interventions of other nations
  • Contributions of individuals to environmental causes
  • Water scarcity
  • Water shortages
  • Unequal distribution of water in the world
  • Renewable resources
  • Non-renewable resources
  • Inequity of use of world’s resources by developed and developing nations
  • Global Warming definition
  • Factors leading to global warming
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • Exploring petroleum formation from earth
  • Recovering petroleum from reservoirs
  • Amount of proven resources of oil
  • Preserving oil
  • Municipal solid waste
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Examining perspectives and how experiences affect behavior
  • Mission statements
  • Identifying and generating solutions to global problems based on perspectives

Participation Requirements:

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, FLVS guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, essays, oral assessments, and discussions. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.

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Course Details

  • Course Code: 2104320
  • Course Credits: 2.0

Prerequisits:

Estimated Completion:
2 segments/ 32-36 weeks