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ERIC Number: ED474139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 78
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Nations United: The United Nations, the United States, and the Global Campaign Against Terrorism. A Curriculum Unit & Video for Secondary Schools.
Houlihan, Christina; McLeod, Shannon
This curriculum unit and 1-hour videotape are designed to help students understand the purpose and functions of the United Nations (UN) and explore the relationship between the United Nations and the United States. The UN's role in the global counterterrorism campaign serves as a case study for the unit. The students are asked to develop a basic understanding of the United Nations and its role in the counterterrorism campaign; explore the benefits and drawbacks of U.S. commitment to a strong international legal system; examine how UN peacekeeping forces operate and how their work relates to that of U.S. military forces; assess the UN's role in addressing humanitarian issues around the world; and finally, consider how much the United States should empower the United Nations to do. The unit is divided into seven sections: (1) "Introduction and Standards Guideline"; (2) "Goals and Objectives"; (3) Lesson 1: "Introduction to the United Nations" (Handouts 1A-1C); (4) Lesson 2: "International Law" (Handouts 2A-2F); (5) Lesson 3: "Peace and Security" (Materials for Learning Stations 1-5); (6) Lesson 4: "Humanitarian Affairs" (Handouts 4A-4F); and (7) Lesson 5: "U.S.-UN Relations" (Handout 5A). Contains a relevant glossary, Internet resources, and an answer guide. The videotape is divided into five sections, one to correspond with each lesson. The video clips in this unit are based on footage and material from "Nations United: United Nations," a national town hall meeting featuring United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan that took place on October 11, 2001. This event, which was simulcast live in ten cities across the U.S. where audiences could hear from and ask questions of the secretary-general, was moderated by Walter Cronkite and featured a taped address by Secretary of State, Colin Powell. The town hall meeting was sponsored nationally by the Better World Campaign (a project of the Better World Fund); League of Women Voters in the U.S.; United Nations Association of the U.S.A.; and the United Nations Foundation among others. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: United States