ERIC Number: ED360217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
U.S. Trade Policy: Competing in a Global Economy. Choices for the 21st Century. Alternatives for Public Debate and Policy Development.
Brown Univ., Providence, RI. Center for Foreign Policy Development.
This document contains a student text, teacher outline, and lesson plan that places beliefs and values at the center of the national discussion on trade policy. The focus of the unit is particularly relevant with the emergence of U.S. trade policy as a vital public issue. In 1993, two key elements of U.S. trade policy--the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) wil occupy a prominent position on the national agenda. This course can provide students with the tools to express their views on these important topics. At the core of the unit is a framework of three options for U.S. trade policy. By exploring a wide ranging spectrum of alternatives, students gain a deeper understanding of the values underlying specific policy recommendations. The background readings are intended to introduce students to the terms and concepts essential to a basic understanding of international trade. Part 1 uses the history of television manufacturing as a context for considering changes in the U.S. position in the global economy since World War II. Part 2 allows students to reflect on the impact of shifting trade patterns on the lives of four U.S. citizens. The unit contains a five-day lesson plan and student activities. The lesson plan calls on students to analyze the global economic changes that have shaped the direction of the television industry. The lesson plan concludes with students developing their own options. An official description of NAFTA and an explanation of the ongoing GATT negotiations also is included. (DK)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Economics, Foreign Policy, International Trade, International Trade Vocabulary, Public Opinion, Secondary Education, Social Studies, World Affairs
Choices for the 21st Century, Center for Foreign Policy Development, Brown University, Box 1948, Providence, RI 02912 ($8).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Brown Univ., Providence, RI. Center for Foreign Policy Development.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: North American Free Trade Agreement