European colonization of Africa in 1800's, and rapid decolonization of Africa in the 1950's, is in large part the origin for many of the continent's political and economic turmoil today. However, after over 60 years of independence, African lives have greatly improved, and the continent is entering an extremely hopeful era.
Objectives: Students will look at the colonial origins of the Rwandan genocide and understand events leading up to 1994. Subsequently, students will look at reconciliation efforts (namely the ICTR) and international inaction, debating responsibility.
Objectives: Students will understand the colonial history of South Africa as it relates to the implementation of apartheid. Students will then follow the internal struggles against apartheid, and debate the merits of the TRC, viewing South Africa as a superpower today.
Objectives: Students will profile different degrees of Islamic law and cultural practices present in governments through examination of the political systems of Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Students will also define Sharia Law, understanding its origins and interpretations.
Objectives: Students will review the Sykes-Picot agreement, Treaty of Versailles and subsequent documents to understand how the British and French Mandate System impacted current Middle Eastern country relationships and the formation of Israel.