Notes: The work listed below was created during remote instruction so all the work is on Google Docs. There are also videos I made to help students work asynchronously. Listed out in terms of “days” but many can be consolidated depending on the class format. The boxes/fields in the docs are meant for students to fill in their own responses. Some may already have text in them from working through the questions with my students after the fact.
Download all the linked files here in one folder.
Key concepts focused on in this unit: Human Rights, Justice, Liberty, Equality
Global Political Challenges:
Other global politics terms:
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Day 1: Case Study #4: FGM Intro
Description of the procedure, background of the issue
Day 2: Deeper discussion on FGM
Discussion of relativism and FGM, readings and video from those who favor keeping FGM legal.
Day 3: Language and FGM
This discussion provides a good connection to TOK. Should we use neutral language when discussing FGM? Is there neutral language? I had my students consider these questions.
TOK Connections with FGM brief
China and its Uyghur Minority
Days 1 and 2
This worksheet has a series of readings and video to help students explore the situation in Xinjiang. Much of this is independent work. I provided the students with some general background on China before we started.
Case Study #5 China and Uyghur Minority
Intro to Case Study #5_ China and its Uyghur Minority
Day 3: Asian Values
Brief readings exploring the idea that “Asian Values” offer a different approach to the individualistic, Eurocentric concept of human rights
Saudi Arabia’s Guardianship System
(I cut this case out in 2020-2021 but did this in 2019-2020. I’m not sure this case adds too much to what is already done in this unit but I’m including what I put together here)
Day 1: Background on Saudi Arabia
On day 1 I talked students through some of the important events and background information about Saudi Arabia. There is a particular focus on the events of 1979 that were a turning point for Saudi Arabia’s internal politics. They read more for homework including sections from Saudi Arabia’s constitution.
Saudi Arabia’s Guardianship System Slides
Background Saudi Arabia reading
Day 2: Guardianship System
This handout provides a few different documents for students to learn and evaluate the guardianship system in place in Saudi Arabia
Guardianship system in Saudi Arabia
Day 3: Protest Movement in Saudi Arabia (Women2Drive)
Documents discussing the protest movements inside Saudi Arabia against the ban against women drivers
Saudi Arabia Day 3 Protest Movements
Human Rights Review Work
This assignment was meant to have kids review the work we had done in the unit so far to prepare them for end of unit assessments.
Paper 2 Final Assignment
Wrap up work on human rights unit and preparation for end of unit Paper 2 task.
Human Rights Wrap Up, Paper 2 Intro
For the Paper 2 task, I used two recent prompts and let students choose. These were not from the same exam.