Every year, new nations are added to the world map just
as quickly as others are swept away by complicated and intricate geopolitical
forces. This unit is an introduction to the concept of statehood, and
how countries operate on the global stage.
In this country study, students will become problem-solvers for one
nation within a developing region such as Sub-Saharan Africa or Southeast
Asia. Students will address the following questions:
- What does it mean to be a nation or to have a national identity?
- What are some examples of the issues countries have to address?
- How do countries interact with each other?
- How can countries work together to create lasting positive outcomes
for their citizens?
While answering these questions, students are encouraged to personalize
the information by expressing their own informed opinions and by role-playing
as a representative of the country they study. This approach should
make the content more engaging for students of all levels.
In addition, this unit can serve as an introduction or refresher course
for library study skills. Since students will become experts on one
country within a region, they will need to examine certain aspects in-depth
by using resources available to them in the school library and on the
internet. By the end of this unit, students should be able to:
- Access the most up-to-date information available for world nations,
in French and in English.
- Demonstrate the ability to access information in geographical sources
such as atlases and almanacs.
- Distinguish the difference between a reliable source and one that