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Social Studies Courses


Who should take this course?

This course is open to all seniors. Juniors may also take this class but seniors will get priority. 

 Juniors and Seniors who are interested in politics, geography, global relations, and the future. Students should also have a curiosity about globalization; world economics; military strategy; religion; disease, migration, and the preservation/destruction of natural environments. What will we be studying?

We will focus on the geopolitical theories that inform today's politicians. We will investigate the causes and contributors to conflicts between nations, states, civilizations, and the environment. Topics may include but will not be limited to: Central Asia- Oil, Islam, and Empire. The Middle East- Oil and Water Theories of Development- How to succeed in a global world without becoming a Gap Ad. China- The once and future Superpower? Africa- Disease, Diamonds and Development. The United States-Terrorized and Demonized. Corporate Oligarchy or Visionary Democracy? Environment- Sustainable Development, Global Warming. Energy- Fossil Fuels and Alternative "Fools". The New Age of Exploration- The Moon, Mars and Beyond. Who owns Space? The Military and Space.

What will be expected of me?

You will be expected to attend class, participate in discussions, and complete advanced reading assignments. The text for the course will consist of readings from Introduction to Geopolitics, Samuel Huntington's Clash of Civilizations, Thomas Friedman's Lexus and The Olive Tree, along with a variety of international newspapers, and web resources.

How is the course taught?

An emphasis will be placed on class discussion and case by case analysis. There will be very few lecture periods. An analysis of maps and geographical data will also be used in class to illustrate problems arising from the competition for scarce natural resources.

What are the completion requirements?

Attendance. Students will complete brief (2-3 page) position papers.

Pre-Requisites: A genuine interest in the fields of international relations, politics, and geography. One term course. This class is only open to seniors.