Social Studies - 2019-20

WHII.14a - Contemporary Political Issues

The student will apply social science skills to understand the global changes during the early twenty-first century by

a) identifying contemporary political issues, with emphasis on migrations of refugees and others, ethnic/religious conflicts, and the impact of technology, including the role of social media and chemical and biological technologies;


Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Developed and developing nations face many challenges. These challenges include migrations, ethnic and religious conflicts, and the impact of new technologies.

ESSENTIALS

Migrations of refugees and others

 Refugees as an issue in international conflicts

 Migrations of guest workers to European cities


Ethnic and religious conflicts

 Middle East

 Northern Ireland

 Balkans

 Horn of Africa

 South Asia


Impact of new technologies

 Widespread but unequal access to computers and instantaneous communications

 Genetic engineering and bioethics

 Social media allows for instant communication and the rapid spread of ideas


KEY VOCABULARY

Terms:

Developed countries

Developing countries

Undeveloped countries

European Union (EU)

NAFTA

WTO

UN

IMF

OPEC

Genetic engineering

Bioethics

Munich Olympics

Terrorism

Counter-Terrorism

Patriot Act

People:

Osama bin Laden

President George W Bush

Al-Qaeda

President Barack Obama

Updated: Jun 01, 2018