Topics Discussed To Date

Sept. 2
Introductions, attendance, expectations
Browse the website
Sept. 3
Course Outline - what is a "key learning" and why are they important
Beheadings Power Point
Sept. 4
NATO - present actions

Two Themes of Global Issues: Globalization and Sustainability (definitions, note)
What is a 'global issue '? (worksheet). Use this article to complete your worksheet. Work in your table groups. If you need to secure further information look it up.
Sept. 5
"Damocracy" (video) Unpack an issue. Group activity.
Issue Analysis Template
Sept. 8
NATO Update - 5 point plan - note and review of NATO
Discuss "Damocracy" -watch out that the consequence is NOT the issue
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Watch Eleanor Roosevelt's video, .
Find the UDHR on-line. Read the Preamble and the Proclamation. Do you have any questions?
Read the Articles (30). Are there any Articles that are not practiced in your local, national, global community? Offer specific examples from contemporary society.
How are the people/groups introduced in the documentary "Damocracy" left vulnerable?
Class discussion on UDHR (human trafficking, slavery, torture, opportunities for women...)
Current news (see chart in 207)
Fantastic sharing by Dannika, Troy, Darren, Damon, Kayla, Poppy, Alvin, Justin, Lauren
Sept. 10,11
The AID PARADOX. Debunking the AID myth.
What shapes our perceptions of aid?
1.Watch the videos in this order and discuss each one after viewing:
Africa for Norway
USA For Africa (watch only the first few minutes)
Just like us
An African's Message for America
"Save Africa"
Dambisa Moyo Dead Aid
Jesse-J: "Price Tag"
Microfinance - is it sustainable?
Microfinance example: Uganda (
CULTURAL RELATIVISM: Discuss the concept cultural relativism, identify the stakeholders in the videos.
International Aid Worker Meets African Village
Continue to unpack the AID PARADOX with the reading, "Pack your bags, we're going on a guilt trip".
Obama's Address to the Nation and analysis
Effective Altruism
Socially conscious shopping response (activism)
Sept. 12
Respond in a googledoc you send to before 8:30 am Monday September 15.

Dr. Samantha Nutt is a Medical Doctor in Toronto, the founder of WARCHILD Canada and an activist through her writing. Do you agree with the perspective presented by Dr. Nutt as she broaches the topic of ‘voluntourism’?

Think about the concept of the 0.7%. Do you understand its goal? If not, do some additional research to learn more about it. This does not require a written response however you are accountable to understand the concept for further inquiry.

Contrast some motivations of “corporate social responsibility” to humanitarianism. Why is Dr, Nutt concerned?

Think of yourself as a ‘consumer of poverty porn’ in the light of a student at IRHS. What would you do differently to raise awareness, educate and raise funds for the many charitable organizations supported by a variety of clubs at the Ridge? Perhaps you think that the Ridge should not play a role in supporting charities. State your point of view and explain your perspective. There is not a correct answer to this question.
"In defines of modern 'voluntarists'" (article)
"Beware the 'voluntarists' doing good"(article)
"#Instagramming Africa: The narcissism of global voluntourism" (article)
"White saviours and voluntarists in the Ebola era" (article)
"Nigeria, Ebola and the myth of white saviours" (article)
"How to write about Africa" (essay)
"The White Saviour Industrial Complex" (article, the Atlantic)
"The white tourist's burden" (article, Al jazeera)
Ebola song versus Band Aid
Sept. 15
Had a class discussion on nationalism, patriotism, aid ...
Sept. 16
Women in ISIS and affected by ISIS (newscast)
"WHERE'S MY GOAT?" video
Begin to complete handout ISSUE ANALYSIS based on the work done on Sept. 10, 11 and 12. This should be a google doc that you share with me individually and onto which you can continue to add information after Monday September 15th lesson.
Discuss the issues raised in the Roundtable discussion on the video
Sept. 17
"Where's My Goat" Roundtable discussion - view and prepare to complete the issue analysis
Sept. 18



Sept. 19
University Fair - no class
Sept. 22, 23
ISIS update - women in ISIS
Head of Libya NATO Mission on lessons learned from Iraq (The House) 9 min.
Chris Alexander hints at longer mission in Iraq (The House) 11 min.
John Baird's Russian concerns and the fight against ISIS (The House) 10 min.
Day 6 CBC news podcast on ransom payments for journalists
Should we pay hostage ransoms to terrorists? (Day 6)

Also discussed: peace keeping, peace making, peace building (Insight on Conflict)

Responsibility to Protect Protocol (UN Protocol)

"Sovereignty no longer exclusively protects States from foreign interference; it is a charge of responsibility that holds States accountable for the welfare of their people."

3 pillars of the Responsibility to Protect:
  1. The State carries the primary responsibility for protecting populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing, and their incitement;
  2. The international community has a responsibility to encourage and assist States in fulfilling this responsibility;
  3. The international community has a responsibility to use appropriate diplomatic, humanitarian and other means to protect populations from these crimes. If a State is manifestly failing to protect its populations, the international community must be prepared to take collective action to protect populations, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

Present day issues to consider: Crisis in Syria, NATO intervention in Iraq to protect Kurds from ISIS, unrest during Ebola outbreak,

Why is AID such an important priority for the global community? Think back to the 0.7%.
1.What are the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDG's)
2.Tracking the MDG's
3.Make connections among the MDG's, their success to date and the Roundtable conversation from "Where's My Goat?" Also visit
4.Why the necessity to alter the focus of the MDG's post 2015?


Work in a group of 3. Use a googledoc to record your ideas and present your conclusions. You will be sharing this with the class. You are going to have investigate at home.

1.Select a recipient of aid. Use to find recipients. You do not have to use an African nation!!!
Watch this video on 'airflows' before you begin:

2.Analyse data on the aid received by that country by looking at charts and graphs on , , and aidflows. A thorough analysis would include checking into to create a graph using indicators specific to the data you would like to evaluate from oecd and aidflows. You should consider measures such as the Millenium Development Goals and the Human Development Index and world development indicators in your analysis to determine the success of the donations. Use your class time wisely to investigate these sights so you can ask questions as they arise.

3.Include the geographic location of your country. Maps require accurate titles.

4.Is the AID PARADOX evident in your country? Identify any relevant cultural factors that would lead you to be able to evaluate the success of aid donated to your country of choice. Share your judgement as to whether these cultural factors help or hinder aid donations.

So... you are writing an evaluation on the success of aid donorship to a specific nation. Include graphs and/or charts in your explanation. Cite any visuals in size 9 font beneath the visual. Type in a 12 font. You do not need a bibliography. Title your work appropriately. Put both your first and last names on the document. This will be evaluated in all categories each out of 10. A rubric will be posted for you.

Group 1 - South Korea
Group 2 - Cambodia
Group 3 - Qatar
Group 4 - Nicaragua
Group 5 - Indonesia
Group 6 - South Africa
Group 7 - Guatemala
Group 8 - Haiti
Sept. 24
Work Period in class with group
Sept. 25
Work Period in class with group - All assignments due at the end of class. Sharing begins Sept. 25 at the beginning of class.
Sept. 26
Class sharing of the Aid Paradox assignment.
Sept. 26
Overflow of discussion from the 25th.
"Want to help Africa: Do business here" TED
Sept. 29
WOW, LOOK AT THIS: Pink phones for maternal health
Complete class discussion on the Aid Paradox
Personal reflection on the Aid Paradox (1 page maximum)
Sept. 30
Today marks the beginning of PINK campaigns. In an effort to practice social justice and good citizenship and learn more about how you can prevent breast cancer from spreading from known causes, pick up the slack and support your school's PINK Campaign by assisting them in raising awareness about the many issues prevalent in our society that endanger women and men. Visit think before you pink. Select an issue and decide what you will do to raise awareness about this issue. Evaluation guideline to follow.
"PINK Ribbons" - video - You may need to watch this at home Think Green Campaign
Oct. 1
"PINK Ribbons" - con't and follow-up discussion..."RIDGEPINK"??? How will you make a difference in a way that does not involve money - group assignment to support PINK campaign - raise awareness campaign
Aid Paradox reflection due
Oct. 2
GUEST SPEAKER - Former student D'arcy Breaky will share her experiences in development work
Oct. 3
Guest Speaker debrief
Think Before You PINK - what will you do to raise awareness?
Student Vote - how can you help?
Update on news of the week and assignment of news leaders for next week.
Oct. 6
Liam's video followed by New York Times article and Youth Bulge and Conflict demographic chart
Nicholas Kristoff "What Isis Can Teach the West" (oped)
Debrief "neo" - colonialsm, liberalism as per Friday's discussion
How do I participate?
What do I take at Uni?

Oct. 7
Class discussion on post secondary education
Oct. 8
Youth Bulge and Civil Conflict - ppt handout
Oct. 9
Brainstorm global issues associated with Breast Cancer prevention - record and find a scholarly article to any one issue, share the url with Ms. Gazan for posting. How will you raise awareness about this?
Oct. 9
Short class!! We completed the Youth Bulge powerpoint and discussed the validity of the term "education".
Discuss at the first 18 min. of "Don't Panic"
Oct. 10
Oct. 13
Oct. 14
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNERS - Malala Yousefi and Kailash Satyarthi contrast to girl speaking out against drones - discuss (10 minutes with speakers list)
Map of Africa - for interest and awareness

A World of 7 Billion - How Many Is Too Many?
Over populated, or under populated - Who's side are you on?
Divide into two groups regarding belief of over population and watch the corresponding video; return to class to 2 corners only to discuss:
1.World is NOT overpopulated: Over Population Is A Myth (video) versus 2. World is overpopulated: Overpopulation:A Growing Problem (Infographic) (video)

Identify the 5 factors contributing to the overpopulation argument.
Links of sustainability (Pink sheet from earlier in the semester)
A World of 7 Billion ( 2:00 video)
The World's Most Typical Person (2:00 video)
Demography - definition (note)
Oct. 15
Don't Panic" (video) - review after sections; complete response
0-18:00 - Demographic Transition
18:00-27:00 - Population Momentum
Participate in Idea Exchange
Oct. 16
Will saving poor children lead to overpopulation? (gap minder video ) 3 min

Child Vaccination - how many children receive vaccines?

Population Growth explained with Ikea boxes (TED talk Rossling video) 10 min
Oct. 16
Weekly news update:
HDI group ranking, HDI video, and handout.Why have HDI? Who will live better?
"The $1.00 contraceptive ..." (article)
Are the world's women disappearing (article)
Oct. 17
Population Issues:
China - 1 child policy (when instituted, why, when halted), repercussions of the policy, implications of male:female ratio, infanticide, foreign adoptions, sustainability of population control strategy, how have any of these issues transferred to Canada Nicole, Kayla, Dana, Christina, Kirsten
India - reproductive policy - forced sterilization, (when instituted, why), outcomes, implications of male:female ratio, economic impacts, Kerala vs. India, child brides, honour killings, role of education, abortions - sex selection, how have some of these issues spread in to Canada Lauren L., Braedon, Justin, Damon, Warren, Mike
Birth Dearth (economic) - Demographer's Analysis of European Demographics (video ) 25 min demographics and economic growth, demographic dividend, retirement ages, pensions, infrastructure, social services, speculation for China's elderly, extending longevity, impact of conflict, impact of HIV/AIDS, fertility echo effect have any of these issues had an effect on Canada Poppy, Danika, Lauren R., Audrey, Liam, Troy
Aging Population (social) - The Age Bomb:Japan's Aging Population (video) 14:00, aging, longevity, pensions, health, technology, societal wellness; compare to Canada's aging population and strategies undertaken in Canada to date Jek, Bennett, Kenith, Sagar
Migration - Flow of Migration 2014 (graph), UN Population Division (chart), internal versus international migrant, future of Europe's demographic (culture, religion), implications on a workforce, remittances, largest groups of migrants, what are the impacts of this on Canada Haya, Muhammed, Adil, Gurman
Urbanization - step-migration, affluence, impact on fertility, living conditions, proportion of people without access to food and clean water in 20th century - 2014, ecological footprint/head, advantage of density, energy efficiency and food production, China's Development Change (video) 5:00, which technology will make the most difference to the most people, conurbations/mega-cities, The Urbanization Medal (podcast) 2:00- costs of urbanization, how is urbanization playing out in Canada
Tactical Urbanism - permit slum growth and climate change
Darren, Anna, Emmalee, Della, Alvin, Kawal, Viktor
Right to Die - aging, dementia, ability
Research your assigned issue and prepare a short sharing for your peers. (use video clips, gap minder data, world mapper, quotes ...)
Oct. 20
Work Period
Oct. 21
Discussion Period
Oct. 22
OCT 22 - EVENT IN OTTAWA watched Live coverage
Oct. 23
Debrief yesterday's events - Should we be a country of Peace Keepers or should we fight the global fight against IS etc.
CBC News in Review "Homegrown Terror" (18:00 Curio)
Oct. 24
Con't discussion on radicalization, patriotism, complexity of fighting for humanity, violent versus non-violent radicalization
Oct. 27
Sanitation activity -
Sanitation - Kibera slum "Going To The Toilet" (6 min.), bcorp activity
Oct. 28
Demography note
HDI - group ranking, video (3:50) and handout;
TRwanda: the Failure of the Arucha Peace Accords
Oct. 29
Check the links for various resources.
Real time relief network from World Food Program
Oct. 30

7 Billion - How Many Is Too Many: Can we feed everyone?

Test your hunger I.Q.
Portfolio of food issues - assignment, key learnings, timeline (Assessment AS learning)
Global Hunger Index video (2:00)

1.Identify the stressors on the ability to access food. What are the strategies to minimize these stresses?
2.How does HDI relate to the Global Food Index? Look at the World Food Program. Read through the 8 topics to "Learn More About Hunger". In your portfolio reflect on 4 interesting facts/ideas/situations (what you have learned about hunger).
3.Select 1 key learning that best describes this relationship. Deconstruct the key learning.

HUNGER charts from - share key points from assigned topic
Oct. 31
Con't with Hunger charts from yesterday
FOOD SECURITY (info. sheet)
In order to complete your "Both Sides Now" template use these magazines and videos (or others you find):
"Yes!" Magazine:
Take Part Magazine:
New Internationalist:
Africa Renewal: [There is a free application for iPad&iPhone]
Zero Hunger Challenge
Feeding Nine Billion:
Ted Talks:
Top Documentaries:
Find one interesting article from 3 different magazines and use one video to complete your "Both Sides Now" template.
You should source AT LEAST:
-1 video
-1 fact from 3 different magazines
Nov. 3
"A Place At The Table" video
Nov. 4
Finish "A Place at the Table" video
Begin looking at: 'Hunger Count 2013'
(Sign up for round table or debate)
In order to actively participate in the round table and debate you will have to read the "Hunger Count 2013" document. Also, prepare answers for the following questions to assist in participation.
Hunger Count 2013 Questions:
1. What is the hunger count? What does it seek to do?
2. What is the difference between a food bank and a meal and snack program?
3. What are the causes of hunger in Canada? (Root causes?)
4. Are food banks controversial? What qualifies someone to receive food? Who defines who should have access to food banks?
5. Is the Canadian government doing enough to combat hunger in Canada? Around the world? Does Canada have a responsibility to help solve world hunger?
6. Who defines what “starving” is? Definition or personal? Is hunger the problem or is it part of a wider more political/environmental system?
7. More food banks or more programs/support groups/jobs? Which is more realistic? Which is more sustainable?
8. Have a look at the recommendations on page 2 and page 14-21.
Nov. 5
Work period
-If you have not completed the "Hunger Count 2013" questions, please complete this for homework in order to participate in the activities on Thursday Nov. 6 and Friday Nov. 7.
Nov. 6
Group 1 Round Table: Haya, Dana, Adil, Mohammed, Lauren, Gurman, Warren, Jekk, Viktor, Della, Kawal, Emma, Sagar, Bennett, and Ken.
(Group 2 is in the library)
Nov. 7
Have "Both Sides Now" outline completed by the end of the class.
Group 2 Debate: Nicole, Kayla, Justin, Troy, Braedon, Damon, Kristen, Lauren, Danika, Audrey, Alvin, Anna, Poppy, Darren, and Mike.
(Group 1 is in the library)
Debate Question: Are food banks more negative or positive? (Currently and for the future)
Negative Side: Lauren L., Damon, Darren, Alvin, Braedon, Danika, Audrey, Troy.
Positive Side: Kayla, Justin, Nicole, Mike, Poppy, Kristen, Anna, Christina.
Nov. 10
Debrief the activities from Thursday and Friday
Nov. 11

Remembrance Day - Shortened Periods

Co-create Journal criteria
Nov. 12
Powerpoint and discussion on the Context for Contemporary Conflict
Mr. Switzer's Remembrance Day Adress (2014)
Kennedy Speech
Nov. 13
Journal Entry 1 - 15 minutes

Give Peace A Chance - John Lennon, 1969, Anthem of the Anti-War Movement in America

Where are we today? Is Ukraine's border porous? Russian tanks 'invade' Ukraine (article: the guardian)
Conflict: Former Yugoslavia
Ms. Miljanovic's Personal Story
Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing, Crimes Against Humanity, NATO, UNHCR,
Why Study Geography?
Nov. 14
Ms. Miljanovic's Personal Story con't

Your first journal entry should be in your folder. Ms. Miljanovic will provide feedback on your journals if you have handed it in. If you have not you may email it to her and bring a copy on Monday to place in your folder:
Nov. 17
History of Nuclear Testing 1943-1998 (image interactive)
Scroll below the map to look at the charts for additional information
Alvin and Damon's video suggestion
Attack Of the Drones (video)
Drone strikes in Pakistan (infographic)
"Everything we know so far about drone strikes" (article proPublica)
Finally a treaty to regulate small arms trade, but where is Canada? (article) What is Canada's stand on the small arms treaty presently?
Journal an alternative perspective on global issues, Quebec based
An Invitation to War - reading and Task
How is Canada engaged in war? Dr. Nutt's perspective - a further investigation of Canada's military history in the 21st century
Journal may be written as a response to this article or any topics from within it

Nov. 19
The Future of Conflict: A Second Look (
Canada: a country at war -what does this mean? Articles available for journals
Media communication on Israeli Palestinian conflict (The Current)
1. Both Sides Now Sheet.
2. Four completed journal entries (1. Kennedy Speech, 2. Yugoslavia, 3. Drones, 4. 'An Invitation to War' reading- OR Any other topic you choose that relates to conflict and cooperation).
3. One journal entry that you have selected for Ms. Miljanovic to mark.
Nov. 21
Nov. 24
Con't Key Learnings - last three slides POWERPOINT
"An Invitation To War" - highlights
Podcast - "Cndn Soldiers Wanting to Fight ISIS"
Nov. 25
Senior Football Game Buyout
Discussion and Journal sharing for those students who attend
Nov. 26
"Chaos Incorporated" - share highlights of article
Various articles on Canada at war
Journal selection - Using 1 key learning that you select from the course outline, write 1 journal entry that addresses the topic and the key learning. You may have to use additional sources to add depth to your response (remember the response must be kept short - the better you know the material the easier it is to write the response). Remember to cite your sources ... Look at the assignment sheet again!!
Nov. 27

Nov. 28
Rwandan Genocide - You tube video - Human Brutality Part 1, Part 2
-order events
-who is responsible (Hutu, Tutsi, Church, Colonial powers, US, Canada, UN Security Council, UN, Convention on Genocide ...)
Great Lakes Region Map
United Nations Peacekeeping (website)
"Shooting Dogs" BBC film
Handout for film and today's journal
Dec. 2
Submit journal for completion assessment
"Shooting Dogs" continued
Discuss handout notes - What is the role the institutions represented by each character played in the genocide?
Dec. 3
Rwanda: The Failure of the Arusha Peace Accords
Dec. 4
Factors contributing to Rwandan genocide (note from Friday Nov. 28)
What is the Rome Statute? Justice Matters (slideshow)
International Criminal Court (ICC), War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity - Be sure you know what these are! Be sure you know the crimes of genocide.
Rome Statute Signatories - Who is missing? Why might this be?
Begin viewing "Shake Hands With The Devil"
Continue your handout on the institutions represented
Dec. 5
Class attended the Tour For Humanity "surprise visit" (genocide, human rights, Canada's role)
Dec. 8
Begin viewing "Shake Hands With The Devil"
Continue your handout on the institutions represented
Dec. 9
Complete your handout on the institutions represented
Formulate an argument as to which institution you think is most responsible for the genocide in Rwanda. Select a key learning which is MOST related to your argument. Deconstruct this key learning for your 7th Journal entry. Submit the entries in hard copy on Tuesday December 9
Dec. 10
Come prepared to talk about something ... be resourceful... find a current event not listed below OR bring something interesting to discuss on the Rwandan genocide
Latest news: Michaelle Jean becomes first Canadian to lead the Francophonie - significance?
Video posted by Canadian IS member threatening safety in Canada - significance?
Israeli jets bomb Syria - significance?
US rescuers kill hostage they are trying to free in Yemen in rescue mission while release was already secured by South Africa - who should be responsible for securing safety of hostages?
Violence and killings of potential protesters prior to Lima's COP 20 Climate Talks - freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, indigenous rights, UNDHR
IOC loosens restrictions on bidding - what is the global value of hosting the Olympic games?
Drop in oil prices - is this a good thing?
Canada's reception of Syrian refugees - Why aren't our doors open to the largest refugee crisis since WW2, maybe ever?
Dec. 11
Group 1 (1:30 - 2:00) Group 2 (2:15-2:45)Group 1: Nicole, Christina, Kirsten, Lauren, Dana, Damon, Liam, Warren, Bennett, Kennith
Group 2: Justin, Kayla, Darren, Della, Danika, Poppy, Audrey, Lauren R., Anna
Journal 8 due today in hard copy.
Dec. 12
Group 3 (1:30 - 2:00)
Adil, Mohammed, Sagar, Haya, Gurman, Rajan, Jekk, Troy, Michael, Viktor, Alvin, Kawal, Emmalee
Dec. 15
So, where do we go from here? Rwanda set the stage for foreign policy in the late 90's and the new millennium. Articulate a question that is either A, relevant to one of the current on-going conflicts or B, another global issue which you are passionate about.
Global Conflict Tracker (check out the criteria for Impacts on US interests - connect back to factors contributing to war)
Global Peace Index

Dec. 16
Conclusion on war - repatriation vs. rehabilitation, Mr. Rockliffe - Rwanda
Dec. 17
'War Witch' or 'Dirty Wars' - Issue Analysis and deconstruct the film by Key Learning
Dec. 18
'War Witch' or 'Dirty Wars' (Con't)
Dirty Wars - follow-up article - 'private' wars
Dec. 19
Photojournalism (article)
Dec. 20
Special Schedule
Jan. 5
Current Events from Dec. 21, 20014 - Jan. 4, 2015
Jan. 6
Jan. 7
Jan. 8
Indigenous Rights
Voices Into Action (resource)
Background, Idle No More, International Issues - UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (read resolution and articles, connect to UNDHR, "inter alia" = among other things), stereotypes - Wab Kinew
UNDRIP - provide examples from Canada where Articles are supported, abused; international examples
Op/Ed on Treaties
Photo journalism (Liam Creed) - find photo of Indigenous rights and analyse the photo
Current government's treatment of Treaty Rights ( resources, water, Bill's passed, impact of Harper's gag law)
International connections
Jan. 9
Charlie Hebdo - Paris attacks on satirical magazine office
Cartoonists "The Power of Cartoons" (TedTalk 12:00), Kenyatoons (youtube 9:00)
Freedom of Speech, At who's expense?
Another perspective (tweet)
Stories from the River's Edge (fifth estate video) Teens who have to leave their homes to attend a high school programmed to teach FN teens in Thunder Bay
Reel Injun (netflix?) use of "Indian" image in Hollywood
Third World Canada (website) Living conditions in Canada's north
Self-determination - what does it mean?
"Who's sorry now?" (essay abstract)
It's time to act on Canada's murdered aboriginal women (article)
Graffiti Wall??
Jan. 12
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs upset ager major funding cuts (article)
Jan. 13
Indigenous Peoples Issues (human environment relations)
Jan. 14
Indigenous Peoples Issues
Jan. 15

Jan. 16
YIKES ... 1% will own 50% of wealth by 2016 (oxfam) and, in opposition to that, Fortune 500 responds ...
Jan. 19
Exam Review
Jan. 20

Jan. 21

Jan. 27

beheading xenophobia radicalization Food Bank Hunger Malnutrition bCorp
ISIS nationalism geopolitics Peace Keeper Peace Maker Peace Builder 'boots on the ground' airstrikes Kurds Bashir Al-Assad Islamic State caliphate
US airstrikes sovereignty drones Bill C-300 AK47 Virunga M23 assymetrical warfare proxy war genocide ethnic cleansing annexation Responsibility to Protect Somalia Sudan Darfur DRC coltan artisanal miner Israel Palestine female genital mutilation transformational development Transparency Index Arms Race NATO Vladimir Putin Romeo Dallaire Bill Clinton Chapter 6 (shoot only when shot at) and 7 Interahamwe Rwandan Patriotic Front Arusha Accord hard power soft power Factors Contributing to War Somalia Syndrome War Crime Crimes Against Humanity Japanese Internment Camps Chinese Head Tax Post Traumatic Stress Disorder North Korea/South Korea relations North Korean Defectors Beijing Bomb Shelter Housing Freedom of Speech (IS video released in Canada by Canadian professor) Role of Catholic Church in Global/National Conflict Oil Prices Data collected through torture - should we use it? Freedom or Security - which do you choose?
Rana Plaza
economic development
internally displaced person
Global Health Index
maternal health 1 Child Policy
child mortality
literacy rate life expectancy
humanitarian assistance
bilateral aid
multilateral aid
ethical gift giving
demographic transition
youth bulge
demographic dividend
World Bank

Mar. 7
PD Day followed by March Break
Mar. 17
MEGA-CITIES - urbanization's sustainable future?
1.Urbanization - definition from "Science Daily"
2.Mega-City - definition - write your own definition after completing the Interactive below
3.Mega - Cities Interactive - work through the interactive by reading the dialogue boxes, viewing the videos, reading the linked articles and completing the Map of Mega-cities
4.Map of Mega-cities - locate and label mega city, annotate the location with one or two words of the most prevalent issue in that city as outlined in the interactive
5.Have you had the opportunity to visit one of these the mega-cities? Is the portrayal accurate? Why/why not?
Mar. 18
1.Mega-cities Interactive discussion (mega-city, urbanization, flooding, sanitation, land tenure, transportation, air quality, agglomeration ...)
Portrayal of actual cities
2.Sanitation - Kibera slum "Going To The Toilet" (6 min.),
Mar. 24 & 25
1.Still finishing Toilet Challenge
2.Why is sanitation so important if sustainable development is to take place in informal settlements and ultimately in mega cities?
Watch the brief gapminder video on slums. Identify the 5 aspects critical to defining slums. How do slums move forward? (video 8 min.)
3.Gapminder Analysis - go to and create a graph using these two indicators: Y AXIS - % of urban population X AXIS - income per person (PPP). Trace the graph up to 2011, ldentify the trend.
4.5 Largest Slums in the World - add these 5 slums to your Mega Cities Map. Annotate each slum briefly. Describe the pattern you see and explain why this pattern exists.
5. Why is it favourable for citizens to hold land tenure of varying degrees? The tallest slum in the world. And, what happens when the Chinese move in? Discussion
GLOBAL TRENDS - DUE Wednesday March 26

Mar. 26
1.Submit GLOBAL TRENDS reflection
2.The City State - Singapore
Mar. 27
Literacy Test Day - class discussion
Mar. 28
Sharing to begin on Have Your Say assignment handed out. Sharing to begin on Monday March 31
Apr. 2
Guest Speaker Model UN on Guatemala
Apr. 9
Aid Paradox discussion
Apr. 10
PERIOD 1 ONLY- What shapes our perceptions of aid?
1.Watch the videos in this order:
Africa for Norway
USA For Africa (watch only the first few minutes)
Just like us
"Save Africa"
Jesse-J: "Price Tag"

2.Write a formal response of 250 words reflecting on the evidence of cultural relativism as it is demonstrated in these videos.
Include an interesting title that is reflective of the perspective you are presenting. Write in formal paragraphs. Develop your reflection
using an effective introduction, body and conclusion. this will be evaluated out of 10 for Thinking.

1.Select a recipient of aid. Use to find recipients. You do not have to use an African nation!!!

2.Analyse data on the aid received by that country by looking at charts and graphs on , and aidflows. A thorough analysis would include checking into to create a graph using indicators specific to the data you would like to evaluate from oecd and aidflows. You should consider measures such as the Millenium Development Goals and the Human Development Index in your analysis to determine the success of the donations. Use your class time wisely to investigate these sights so you can ask Mr. Switzer and I questions as they arise.

3.Include the geographic location of your country. Maps require accurate titles.

4.Identify any relevant cultural factors that would lead you to be able to evaluate the success of aid donated to your country of choice. Share your judgement as to whether these cultural factors help or hinder aid donations.

So... you are writing an evaluation on the success of aid donorship to a specific nation. Include graphs and/or charts in your explanation. Cite any visuals in size 9 font beneath the visual. Type in a 12 font. You do not need a bibliography. title your work appropriately. Put both your first and last name on the paper. This will be evaluated in all categories each out of 10. A rubric will be posted for you.

Apr. 17
Military Expenditures Maps and Graphs Discussion

Apr. 22
Con't with Military Expenditures ...(how is military expenditure calculated, what does it mean; civilian deaths vs. soldier deaths; IDP's and refugees; expenditures vs. "fixing" hunger and topics addressed by students)
Apr. 23
Four Square activity (Def'n, what child soldiers are/are not, visual)
Interactive Map of countries where children are affected by conflict (map)
Growing up in war - the DRC's child soldiers (website)
Apr. 24
Child Soldiers Defined
Googledocs set up for discussion groups - site will be checked, be sure you are participating.
'Fight Like ...' trailer
'Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children' HOTDOCS (video 58 min)
Video link
12 Key issues in the Omar Khadr case (article)
Apr. 25
Finish viewing 'Fight Like ...'
Global Trends
Apr. 28
12 Key issues in the Omar Khadr case (article)
Will the international community repeat the mistakes of Rwanda in CAR? (podcast)
War Witch feature documentary
Apr. 29
Finish viewing and debrief War Witch
Having viewed "Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children" and "War Witch" reflect on the global situation of child soldiers
Apr. 30
Annotated Map
Power Point - background
Background video
May 1
Chronology of events
Korea: A History of the North-South Split (video)
North Korea Undercover - BBC Panorama 2013 (video)
May 2
Discussion group preparation and sharing
May 5
Deconstruction of an analysis - Ukraine update
Work time for World Issues Movie Reviews
May 6
World Issues Movie Reviews sharing and evaluation
Reminder: deconstruct an analysis article for GLOBAL TREND
Is it ethical to take a tour of North Korea? (podcast)
May 7
Sharing of documentaries con't
Bring Back Our Girls (article)
May 8
Safety Assembly
May 9
GLOBAL TRENDS deconstructed analysis article due
1.What is the thesis?
2.Identify how the evidence used supports the thesis.
3.What is the conclusion?
4.Which key learning do you think is best represented by this analysis?
Keep your global trends updated - you will need them soon.
May 12
Deconstructing Key Learnings
May 13
"How not to put a face on human tragedy" (article) An interesting perspective on the use of photos and the socialmedia "Bringbackourgirls" initiative
Continue to deconstruct key learnings
May 14-16
Key Learning practice with specific course examples and global trends
"The Square" (video) - view Part 1 on Friday May 16
May 20-23
May 26
"The Square" - finish viewing Part 2
May 27
Discussion on "the Square" - constitution, freedoms, Egypt
May 28
Ontario Election - vote compass and perspective reflection
May 29
Group discussions on most important issues (PART A )
May 30
Current parties perspectives on your most important issues
June 2
Rio violence spikes ahead of World Cup (video)
Vote - open numbers by Party group
Prepare specific Party arguments for Tuesday's informal debate
June 3
Informal debate
Vote -secret ballot
June 4
Canada's role in global environmental issues (pipelines, mines, water, alternative energy, FNMI, politics)
Group Assignments
An environmental issues is only an issue because it is directly connected to people, economies and politics. There are always various perspectives on resolutions as to how to solve these issues.

1.Pick your group members (2 - 5 maximum). You may work alone.
2.Your topic will be assigned to you.
3.Watch a short video, read an article or listen to a podcast about your assigned issue.
4.Draft 4 questions for which you will conduct an inquiry to resolve the issue:
You must have 1 of each – environmental, social, political and economic question
(These question will form the organization of your film)

Create an educational yet entertaining (not slap happy) resource which:
  • outlines the political, social, environmental and economic aspects of the issue;
  • include the concepts of sustainable development and globalization;
  • all footage must be authentic. You can interview, peers, parents, strangers, teachers … . You can include on-line images however most of your visual content should be original;
  • must include local, national and global connections;
  • offers a plausible resolution;
  • demonstrates your understanding of the key learnings of the course.
Choices include:
  • Movie trailer (3 minutes authentic footage)
  • Reality Documentary aka Michael moore (authentic footage)
  • Series of commercials (3-4 of 30 seconds – different perspectives)
  • Radio scripted debate/show/discussion with opposing viewpoints and a host/mediator
  • TV at issue panel with mediator
  • Rant 1/person depending on size of the group