Democracy & Capitalism Unit

Current Issues & 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.

Image result for Road to Democracy cartoon

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 Events 2017-2018
      2. Close Up Controversial Issues in the News: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

      3. Analysis: How Best to Deal with North Korea
                          Bowden, Mark. "The Worst Problem on Earth" The Atlantic. July/August 2017.
                          Focus Questions
      4. "President Trump's 'America First' doctrine and strong rhetoric on foreign relations is necessary to restore and strengthen the nation's leadership role in the world." (Trade deals, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Paris Climate Accord)  RUBRIC
         "Undoing the World America Made" by Karl Vick Time Feb. 5, 2018
         "Trump Adopts a More Aggressive Stance with U.S. Allies and Adversaries" by Mark Landler
          New York Times July 1, 2017
         "Is It America First? Rest of World Says No" by Brian Bennett
          Media Center Research (Global Issues, Opposing Views, SIRS)

          Video: CNN Secret State: Inside North Korea

      5. 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. Each group will produce a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) of their country to guide their research. 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.
Honduras, El Salvador, Guyana, Hungary, Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, , Myanmar (Burma), Philippines       RUBRIC                     
                                              Essentials of Comparative Politics p. 161-188
                                             "Emerging Democracies"
                                                          Media Center Research: SIRS, Global Issues
                                                          Current Issues 2017-2018
Student Projects:
Ukraine by Grace & Ashtyn
El Salvador by Kasey & Kara
Turkey by Jacob & Erik
Nigeria by Zac & Nick
Honduras by Sarah & Andrew
Egypt by Brent & Chad
Kenya by Mikayla
                                                                                                                                                                          8. Stresses and Strains of Capitalism: Chart Strengths & Weaknesses                                                                                                            Today’s ISMS p. 31-42
                                                      “Patron Saint of Capitalism” Adam Smith

9. Video: "We the People" Demoulas Market Basket Effect

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.”  (Health Care )
                                        Media Center Research
                                        Today’s ISMS p. 42-60
                                        Current Issues: Health Care p. 107 - 119                                             

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

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