ERIC Number: ED360252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Thinking about Our Future: War, Society, and the Environment. A Series of Lesson Plans.
Harik, Ramsay M.
This packet of 11 lesson plans is designed to help high school social studies classes examine socio-political issues facing the post-Cold War world. Though its multi-disciplinary approach touches upon a number of current topics, the packet's particular focus is on the wide-ranging impact of war and militarism on the planet's growing ecological crises. The lessons have been designed to introduce students to the background information they need to intelligenly analyze today's international news, as well as to encourage students to ask critical, normative questions such as "what is the meaning of 'security' in today's world?" and "what is the role of the citizen in fostering environmental consciousness?" A basic premise running throughout the lessons is that new, globally-oriented thinking must take the place of the old, narrowly defined nation-state system if humanity is going to overcome the environmental crisis facing it. Thus, in addition to lessons such as "Re-thinking 'Security' in the "'New World Order'" and "Weapons Conflict Resolution at the Personal, Social, and International Level," there is also a strong focus on nuclear proliferation as a paradigm of the special dangers of violent confrontation in the modern age. The lessons offer a variety of activities and strategies to encourage an active and constructive engagement with these issues, in particular role-playing, cooperative learning formats, and journaling. A resource list at the end of the packet describes currently available fiction, non-fiction, videos, journals, and organizations relevant to the issues at hand. (RMH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Indiana Center on Global Change and World Peace.