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ERIC Number: ED448104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 54
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Help Your Neighbor, Help Yourself: Global Democracy Promotion and U.S. National Interest. A Curriculum Unit for Grades 11-12.
McLeod, Shannon, Ed.; Houlihan, Christina, Ed.
In the post-Cold War era, framing U.S. foreign policy discussions is a real challenge. This curriculum unit considers whether international democracy promotion has become the defining objective of U.S. foreign policy and investigates the appropriate role for the United States to play in this period. Students are asked to define U.S. national interest and assess whether democracy promotion efforts serve that interest (Lesson 1); define democracy itself and reflect upon how it is faring around the globe today (Lesson 2); review the tools of foreign policy and decide which might be most effective in promoting democracy (Lesson 3); examine historical documents to look for traces of democracy promotion ideals (Lesson 4); and synthesize what they have learned in a project that requires them to formulate and defend their own foreign policy priorities (Lesson 5). Each lesson contains objectives, key terms, procedures, assessment options, extension activities, and student handouts. A glossary and bibliography, including Web sites, conclude the unit. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; Department of State, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.; American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: United States