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Contemporary Conflict and Issues Value 0.5


This is the underlying 0.5 unit to Conflict and Issues in the Modern World 1.0.

Prerequisites

Nil


Specific Unit Goals

This unit should enable students to:



A Course

T Course

  • demonstrate investigation and interpretation skills necessary to analyse historical information and achieve independence in researching

  • demonstrate investigation and interpretation skills necessary to solve problems of evidence and achieve independence in researching

  • communicate a logically developed and focussed argument to convey historical positions or ideas

  • communicate a logically developed, articulate and focussed argument to convey historical positions or ideas

  • explore significant individuals, social groups, places, events, movements and technologies related to at least two issues in the contemporary world

  • critically analyse significant individuals, social groups, places, events, movements and technologies related to at least two issues in the contemporary world

  • evaluate the causes, commonalties and possible solutions for contemporary international crises

  • identify and evaluate the economic, political and social causes, course and changing nature of issues in the contemporary world

  • critically investigate and evaluate the economic, political and social causes, course and changing nature of issues in the contemporary world

Content

This unit should include an in-depth study of a maximum of two of the following content areas. There is scope for some areas to be treated in more depth than others. Topics for study will be guided by teacher expertise and student interest.

The Issue of Conflict

Peace in Ireland

Arab – Israel Conflict

Fundamentalism

Conflict in South Africa

International Terrorism

Rwanda

Yugoslavia and the Balkans



Chechnya

Zimbabwe


Global Issues - political, social and economic challenges to the nation-state and national identity

The UN as Peacekeeper

Wealth and Poverty – individuals and nations

The issue of aid

The environment

Movements of people - migration and refugees

The problems of establishing stable government – e.g. Afghanistan, South America, Central America, Fiji, Solomon Islands, East Timor, Myanmar, Thailand, Italy

Conflict in Ireland

Social, political and economic conditions preceding 1968

Rise of the Civil Rights Movement

Aims and tactics of the Irish Republican Army and Protestant militia groups

Social and economic effects of the continued violence on the people

Changing policies of British Governments towards the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

1998 Peace Treaty and its implications

Arab-Israeli Conflict

Religious claims to the territory of Palestine (Torah, Koran)

The emergence of Zionism

The role of Britain (World War I, the Balfour Declaration)

The Mandate (Arab responses, Jewish migration and activism, impact of the Holocaust)

Partition and the events of 1948

The Arab-Israeli Wars, 1956, 1967, 1973

The rise of Palestinian nationalism and the PLO

Camp David

Oslo Accords and the road to Palestinian Statehood

The Middle East: Directions for the 21st Century

The rise of Islamic Fundamentalism (e.g. beliefs, goals, tactics)

September 11 and the War on Terror

The Second Gulf War

Prospects for peace (the Occupied Territories, the role of the UN, the dependence on oil)

Fundamentalism

The nature and rise of Fundamentalism in Judaeo/Christian/Muslim religions

The Islamic Republic of Iran

Rise of the Taliban

The Christian Right in USA

Civil libertarianism

The role of terrorist groups within the Fundamentalist movement

International consequences of Fundamentalism

Conflict in South Africa

Background to race relations in South Africa

The nature and impact of Apartheid

African National Congress

Growing opposition to Apartheid – Sharpeville (1960); Soweto (1976)

International response – sanctions, sporting bans, disinvestments

The role of Nelson Mandela and others (e.g. Botha)

End of apartheid and reconciliation (e.g. Desmond Tutu)

International Terrorism

Legitimacy and goals

Terrorism in the 1970s

September 11, 2001

Iraq and Afghanistan

Bali bombing and its impact

Fighting Terrorism

Civil liberties in a time of Terrorism

Rwanda


Colonialism and its impact

Ethnic tensions

Failure of the international response

Outcomes


Yugoslavia and the Balkans

Rise of Pan-Slavism in the Balkans

The emergence of the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes

The establishment of Yugoslavia

The impact of World War II and the rise of the Partisan movement

Communist Yugoslavia under Tito

Secession and break-up of Yugoslavia

Genocide and International Justice

Kosovo

Zimbabwe


The colonial legacy and the formation of a nation state

The role of Robert Mugabe– perceived and real – liberator and African strong man

Economic collapse

Internal resistance and international pressures

Role of UN in the Contemporary World

The formation of the United Nations

Interpretations of human rights and international law: national sovereignty

UN Agencies

UN interventions – e.g. Korea 1950, Congo 1960, Cyprus 1964, former Yugoslavia, El Salvador 1991 –1995, Somalia 1992 – 93, Eritrea and Ethiopia 2000 – 2004

North Korea and the Middle East



Teaching and Learning Strategies

Refer to page 30.



Assessment Task Types

Refer to page 32.



Student Capabilities




Evidence could be in:

Student Capabilities

Goals

Content

Teaching and Learning

Assessment

creative and critical thinkers









enterprising problem-solvers











skilled and empathetic communicators










informed and ethical decision-makers









environmentally and culturally aware citizens










confident and capable users of technologies











independent and self-managing learners











collaborative team members













Resources

Refer to pages 41-79 for resource.



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