Democracy & Capitalism Unit

World Affairs ISMS
Unit #1 Democracy & Capitalism

Unit Enduring Understandings:

The road to democracy is difficult with many sharp turns and barriers to overcome in order to achieve the ideals of self-government and to balance the protection of individual liberties with collective welfare and equality for all.

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The capitalist system creates the greatest opportunity for wealth, yet at the same time leaves a trail of casualties in its path.

Be sure to read all assignments carefully. Write your position paper giving your opinions based on the facts of the reading, in ink. This paper must be passed in on the day of discussion ore receive half credit only. Late excused papers will be passed in the day you return to class.

  1. Current Issues
      2. Analysis: How Best to Deal with North Korea
                          Bowden, Mark. "The Worst Problem on Earth" The Atlantic. July/August 2017.
                          Focus Questions

      3. "The true threat to the United States and our foreign interests is the Islamic State (ISIS)                         and terrorism, not non-democratic states such as the Assad regime in Syria." Rubric
                                Current Issues: ISIL's Quest for Power: Iraq, Syria and Turkey
                                Frontline: "The Secret History of ISIS"
                                "Syrian War Magnifies Tension in America's Global Mission"
                                "Stop Assad Now---Or Expect Years of War"
                                "Media Center Research: SIRS, Global Issues

      4. Work Sheet: Elements of Capitalism (Private Ownership, Market Economy, Competition,                     Profit, and Stable Prices                                                                                                                                                                                         Today’s ISMS p. 22-31


6. Characteristics of Democracy: Essentials of Comparative Politics p. 134-159 (Focus Questions)

7. Case Study: The Road to Democracy Group/Pair Activity (2 students): Each group will produce a written and visual case study to assess the progress of a modern state as it struggles toward democracy. In your case study you will analyze criteria such as Rule of Law, Right to Vote/Free and Fair Elections, Peaceful Transfer of Power, Civilian Authority over the Military, Balance between Individual Liberties and Centralized Power, Competition between Political Parties, Civil Rights (Religious Freedom, Education, Healthcare, Retirement) to determine your country’s level of success in establishing and maintaining a democratic state. Each class member will complete a series of lead questions prior to the group activity to better understand the process. Remember each group’s work must be shared via a visual presentation (Power Point, Prezi, Google Presentation) and an MLA formatted research paper must be turned in to the instructor.
Chile, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal, Nigeria, Gambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines       RUBRIC                     
                                              Essentials of Comparative Politics p. 161-188
                                             "Emerging Democracies"
                                                          Media Center Research: SIRS, Global Issues
                                                          Current Issues 2016-2017
                                                                                                                                                                          8. Stresses and Strains of Capitalism: Chart Strengths & Weaknesses                                                                                                            Today’s ISMS p. 31-42
                                                      “Patron Saint of Capitalism” Adam Smith

9.   Freakonomics: “Why Do Drug Dealers Still Live with Their Moms?”

10. Notes/Debate:
    "Government programs and policies designed to assist those most in need actually create                 a culture of dependency by eroding the importance of self-reliance and individual                           responsibility.”  (Food Stamps, SNAP)
                                                                           Media Center Research
                                                                           Today’s ISMS p. 42-60
                                                                           Video: Social Security                                             

11. Ted Talk Education: History of Capitalism (Blog)

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