ERIC Number: ED310972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Thinking about the Soviet Union.
In the United States, educators have had difficulty teaching about the Soviet Union. Students are often ignorant of the historical circumstances that have affected the U.S./Soviet relationship, and they are often miseducated by stereotypes they encounter in popular culture. This curriculum explores the government and economy of the Soviet Union, the nature of communism, human rights, Glasnost and Perestroika, and U.S. schools of thought about the Soviet Union. The pedagogical emphasis is on dialogue, critical thinking, and informed decision making. Students analyze political cartoons, media reports, philosophical and political writings, and government documents to achieve a new understanding of the Soviet Union, and so develop alternatives to the Cold War view of U.S./Soviet relations. A broad range of U.S. and Soviet perspectives is provided, allowing students to form their own opinions and enabling teachers and students to remain flexible in the face of dramatic, fast-breaking changes in the Soviet Union. Black and white photographs are included. (JB)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Civil Liberties, Communism, Critical Thinking, Cross Cultural Studies, Economics, Foreign Countries, Foreign Policy, Government (Administrative Body), Instructional Materials, International Relations, International Studies, Political Science, Secondary Education, Social Studies
Educators for Social Responsibility, 23 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 ($25.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Educators for Social Responsibility, Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Location: USSR