Learning Recommendations: Students should have taken World Studies or Honors World Studies.
General Description: Students will receive Social Studies credit if taken in 12th grade, elective credit if taken in 11th grade. Why is the world the way it is? How did it get this way? Where do we go from here? These are questions that have been asked for thousands of years, yet with each passing year the answers to these questions are becoming more complex.
We are going to focus on FOOD to show the complexity of the world. Food is vital for survival, but it is also a part of our culture, our environment and it is a part of every financial decision we make. In this class food is going to be the way we show and learn about globalization and sustainability. We will learn about the history of our food and what impact it has on the world today. Possible activities might include: trips to farmer's markets, guest food growers and chefs, field trips to where food is grown, made and packaged, and (hopefully) getting our hands dirty and growing our own!
In this class we will investigate the modern world using a SYSTEMS THINKING approach. The world is linked - we are all dealing with the same problems and issues. Can the solutions be also linked?
Next in this course we will look at “Sustainability 101”. We will delve deep into the relationships between ecological systems, economic systems and social systems. We are impacted every day by globalization: the clothes on our backs, the cell phones we text with, the food we put in our mouths. Each of these seemingly small decisions we make on what to wear, buy and eat have a ripple effect through the entire world.
Finally, we will investigate when, how and if ecological, economic and social systems can be balanced today. What can we do to develop and design sustainable solutions to some of these global problems?
Strategies: Students learn through a combination of :
- Collaborative learning
- Small group and whole class projects
- Classroom simulations and activities/games
- Connecting current events to patterns found in history
- Guest Speakers/lecture/guided instruction
- Movies, excerpts from nonfiction books, articles