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Ch 27: A Globalized World - 1980 & Beyond: AP World History Lesson Plans

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The A Globalized World - 1980 & Beyond chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach global economic, political and cultural developments from the 1980s to 2014 in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the A Globalized World - 1980 & Beyond chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday 1980s Western economics; end of the Soviet Union Margaret Thatcher, Thatcherism, Ronald Reagan and Reaganomics; end of communism, Mikhail Gorbachev, glasnost and perestroika
Tuesday The Gulf War; apartheid in South Africa; the Balkan conflicts Causes and events of the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; history and end of the apartheid South Africa, Afrikaners, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu; events and conflicts in the Balkan Peninsula, Josip Tito, Bosnian War, Dayton Accords and the Kosovo War
Wednesday International organizations; 1990s technology History and role of the European Union, NAFTA, ASEAN and World Trade Organization; Generation X, growth of the Internet, computers and mobile phones
Thursday Rise of China and India; globalization International relations and rise to superpower of China and India; effects of global capitalization and free trade
Friday Terrorism and current issues and events Al-Qaeda and terror attacks around the world, including 9/11; current trends in the world, such as unrest in Russia and the Ukraine, global warming and civil rights matters

12 Lessons in Chapter 27: A Globalized World - 1980 & Beyond: AP World History Lesson Plans
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Reaganomics, Thatcherism & 1980s Economics

1. Reaganomics, Thatcherism & 1980s Economics

In 1979, Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher came to power in the U.K., introducing economic 'Thatcherism' to solve her nation's financial problems. Then, in 1981, Republican President Ronald Reagan and his 'Reaganomics' took power in the U.S.

The End of Communism in Eastern Europe: Events and Timeline

2. The End of Communism in Eastern Europe: Events and Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the immediate aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, where both political structures and economic models were left in limbo.

Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

3. Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

In this lesson, we chart the reforms made by Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev attempting to save the Soviet Union and the communist federation's eventual dissolution in 1991.

Causes, Events & Political Figures of the Gulf War

4. Causes, Events & Political Figures of the Gulf War

The Gulf War occurred in 1990 and 1991 when Iraq invaded Kuwait. UN, NATO, and United States forces responded by attacking and pushing Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. The war was a decisive victory for American and coalition forces.

The End of Apartheid - South Africa in the 1990s

5. The End of Apartheid - South Africa in the 1990s

In 1948, South Africa began a system of legal segregation known as apartheid. It took 50 years of protests within South Africa and international pressure to bring the racism to an end.

Conflict in the Balkans: Causes & Events

6. Conflict in the Balkans: Causes & Events

Various conflicts arose when Yugoslavia broke apart in the 1990s, including the Bosnian War. Kosovo also separated from Serbia during this time, adding to the chaos in the Balkan Peninsula.

Growth of International Organizations: History, Events, and Trends

7. Growth of International Organizations: History, Events, and Trends

In this lesson, we explore the growth of international organizations since the 1990s, especially the proliferation of trade deals and the expanding reach of existing organizations like the UN, NATO, and the EU.

1990s Culture and Technology: Events & Trends

8. 1990s Culture and Technology: Events & Trends

In this lesson, we explore the culture and technology of the 1990s, from the cultural issues of Generation X to the creation and spread of the Internet.

China and India's Rise to the World Stage

9. China and India's Rise to the World Stage

In this lesson, we explore the rapid and recent economic growth of China and India, and what this development means for both countries and the global community in the 21st century.

Globalization, Capitalism & Free Trade since 1990

10. Globalization, Capitalism & Free Trade since 1990

In this lesson, we explore the growth of capitalism and free trade since 1990. We'll also examine the globalization spurred by the removal of tariffs and trade barriers.

Rise of Terrorism since 1990: Causes & Major Events

11. Rise of Terrorism since 1990: Causes & Major Events

In this lesson, we explore the diverse and dangerous rise of terrorism, specifically that sponsored by Islamic extremism, since 1990, as well as the current terrorist threats posed to the world today.

The World at 2014: Events, Issues & Major Trends

12. The World at 2014: Events, Issues & Major Trends

In this lesson, we delve into just a few of the many issues, events, and trends facing the world in 2014, from terrorism, to global warming, to geopolitics.

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