International Conflicts

Work in groups of 2. Select a country, and research the current conditions/activities that are occurring. Used the websites below to help. Answer the questions below, and post them on the blog. Make PPT or iMovie.






Somalia - Not Just the pirates.

South Sudan





Human Rights Watch

BBC News

Amnesty International

United Nations

Use the sites above to research and learn about the current and ongoing conflicts. Use the information, to answer the following questions in complete sentences.

1. Who are the major players/organizations/religions/countries, etc involved in the conflict?

2. What are the origins of the conflict?

3. What is the core of the problem? Military, Cultural, Political, Economic?

4. Who is primarily to blame?

5. What, if any, is the best solution? Are there any alternative solutions? Have there been any major changes to the region/country as a result?

6. Do you forsee the conflict resolving within the next month, year, ever? Justify your answer.

7. How should the United States respond, specifically in an election year? How does the conflict affect US relationship with the country?

8. Be sure to include current/recent events.


Contemporary Global Issues

Contemporary Global Issues

Teacher: Mr. Donnelly

Phone: 302-798-6632 x720



The Routes of Man, Tom Conover, 2010, Alfred Knopf

Supplemental Readings: Upfront Magazine

I. Description of Course

This senior seminar explores major global issues facing people today and seeks to provide students with global literacy. The course surveys the major political, social and economic aspects of each region of our contemporary world. The course provides an international perspective on America’s relationship to the world and challenges facing the next generation such as globalization, the environment, human suffering, and conflict. By using up to date readings, computers and the internet, multi-media presentations, discussions, simulations, and debates, the course seeks to be a “hands on” seminar that will help students become better public speakers and more aware of their moral responsibility to the global community.

II. Assignments

  • 5 Projects 25%
    • 1 per unit
    • Individual & group
  • Quizzes 20%
    • Weekly quizzes
    • Current events & class notes
  • 5 reflections (1-2 pages) 20%
    • 1 per unit
    • Topics will be assigned
  • Class Participation 20%
  • Homework/Classwork 15%
    • As assigned

III. Sequence of Course - More will be added as year and news progress

Unit 1: Globalization & Social Issues

· Natural vs. Manmade Disasters

· US Social Issues: Gay Rights, Abortion, Health Care, Gun Control

Unit 2: Globalization & Cultural Issues

· Tradition vs. Progress, Religion & Fundamentalism

· Arab Spring, Syria

Unit 3: Globalization & Africa:

· AIDS, Malaria

· Developed vs. Developing Countries; Poverty

Unit 4: Globalization & Politics

· Israel & Palestine, N. Korea & S. Korea, Iran

· Immigration Law, Nuclear Proliferation

Unit 5: Globalization & Economy

· Role of Technology in US Economy, Outsourcing

· Trafficking: Human, Sex, Drug

IV. Policies

  • All projects, reflections, homework to be submitted via dropbox.
  • Any tampering of another students intellectual property is in violation of the Archmere Academy Honesty Code
  • Current Event Quizzes will be held every Thursday/Friday (last day of week)


Natural vs. Manmade

Natural vs. Manmade Disasters

Over the past 10 years, the globe has seen many Natural and Manmade diasters, most recent being the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Our first project will discuss which, Natural or Manmade, has created more devastion to the globe. See the instructions below.

Project Expectations:

1. Break into two groups. Research Natural Disasters & Mandmade Disasters since 2000.

2. Each person will select and research their own Natural or Manmade disaster. Everyone must have a different topic.

3. It is your job to convince the class your disaster has created the most descrtuction/devastion to the globe using the information you provide.

4. This is an excercise in gathering information and debate. GET USED TO IT!

5. Powerpoint due Tuesday, Sept 4 via dropbox.

Focus on the following:


How much economic devastion was created?

Can/How you quantify?

Is the region still paying the price?

Will they ever recover?


Where any new laws created?

How did the disaster affect the political regime (local, state, federal)?

Any court cases result in the disaster?

Impact on Society?

Number of lives lost/displacements?

How and did it affect people's jobs?