ERIC Number: ED345997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Choices for the 21st Century: Facing a Disintegrating Soviet Union. Alternatives for Public Debate and Policy Development.
Brown Univ., Providence, RI. Center for Foreign Policy Development.
This mini-unit was designed to help high school students make sense of the complex issues raised by the disintegration of the Soviet Union, while letting them form their own conclusions about the direction of U.S. foreign policy. In the course of a five-day lesson plan, students have an opportunity to put recent events into perspective, deepen their knowledge of the Soviet Union, and join with their fellow classmates in assessing the United States' future role in the region. Students begin by considering how the final collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 altered the U.S. foreign policy agenda. They then explore three clearly defined options for U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union, namely, strengthen the Newly Independent Republics, Support a Stable Russia, or Mind Our Own Business. Three background articles provide a context for the options, helping students reach an informed understanding of the choices they face. With a better grasp of the Soviet Union's past and present problems, students are equipped to participate in a role playing activity based on the three options. Ultimately, the sequence of lessons is intended to guide students as they develop their own ideas about U.S. policy toward the former Cold War enemy, and finally, clarify their own values and beliefs about the U.S. role in the world. Three appendices contain lesson plans and student activities, abridged background articles, and topics for further consideration. (DB)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Current Events, Foreign Policy, Futures (of Society), High School Students, High Schools, Instructional Materials, International Relations, Learning Activities, Role Playing, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, World Affairs
Center for Foreign Policy Development, Box 1948, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912 ($4).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Brown Univ., Providence, RI. Center for Foreign Policy Development.