Geography & World Events

Why This Class

As a parent, you see the importance of helping your student understand what’s happening in the world and why. In today’s politically-charged media climate, it can be harder than ever to get an accurate pulse on world events. This course gives your student the perspective and tools they need to do so.

Mentors in this course help students create “info-constructs” to organize what they study. Next, students embark on a guided tour through the major civilizations of the Eastern and Western worlds, researching demographics, economies, diasporas, fault lines between cultures, and global trends to build a comprehensive picture of the world around them. Students finish this course by examining globalization through Milton Friedman’s statement that “the world is flat.”

By completing this course, students become conscious consumers of news about world events, identify ways they can positively impact the challenges facing humanity and think for themselves when faced with others’ opinions about the world.

Overarching Questions

What is the driving force behind geopolitics today?

What are the cultural characteristics of each civilization in the world?

What are the current lines of conflict seen throughout the world?

How has the political state evolved and what do experts predict it may become in the future?

Reading List

Students do not need to purchase any books for this course. All readings from online journals will be provided in the course.

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 12th (Senior)

Prerequisites: World Civilizations (recommended)

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5 (Classic), 7 (Honors)

Format: Live, self-paced

Credits: 0.5

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