Sample 10th Grade Global Studies Unit

Sample Unit:  10th Grade Global Studies

World History
Imperialism in Africa/
Big question:  How do authors use literature to challenge colonial assumptions about their people/culture?

Introduction to the lens of Post-Colonial Critique

Chimamanda Adichie’s TED talk on the “Danger of a Single Narrative”

Michael Parenti’s “Myths of Underdevelopment”

Excerpts of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Various short stories from Gods and Soldiers: Anthology of Modern African Short Stories

Excerpts of Dayo Olopade’s The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa

Film:  Justice vs. Peace (a Ugandan  perspective on the role of the ICC in the LRC/Kony conflict and peace process)
Big Question:  What are the consequences of European Imperialism in Africa

Introduction to British Imperialism
(Focus on Nigeria, South Africa, and India – historical to present)

Economic Imperialism/Cultural Imperialism/ Neo-Colonialism and oil in the Niger Delta

Apartheid as a consequence of imperialism in South Africa

Modes of violent and non-violent resistance to imperialism

African perspectives on aid:  good aid vs. bad aid and negative consequences of certain types of aid

Fair Trade:  Black Gold (film on the impact of C-market volatility on coffee producers in Ethiopia)

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