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Below is a sample breakdown of the International Actors in Political Science 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||State, non-state, non-governmental organizations and multi-national corporations as international political actors||State vs. non-state, Greenpeace, International Red Cross, Amnesty International and roles of multi-national corporations in globalization|
|Tuesday||Terrorists, criminals, indigenous people and religious movements in international politics||Terrorism, transnational crime, indigenous people's movement, religious-based terrorist groups, the Christian Right in the U.S. and supranational religious organizations|
|Wednesday||The United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)||4 basic purposes of the UN, General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, International Court of Justice, Trustee Council, Security Council, Secretariat, history of the WHO and the human rights-based approach of UNICEF|
|Thursday||North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU)||Containment, Domino Theory, Western Union Defense Organization, Warsaw Pact, European Coal and Steel Community, Maastricht Treaty, the Treaty of Amsterdam, Treaty of Lisbon, Organization of African Unity and the African Economic Community|
|Friday||League of Arab States, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)||Palestinian Liberation Organization; 3 primary activities of the IMF: surveillance, technical assistance and lending; cartel and oil price control|
1. State & Non-State Actors in International Politics
While states still reign supreme on the world stage, they are by no means the only significant actors playing the game of international politics. In this lesson, you'll learn about state and non-state actors on the world stage.
2. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as International Political Actors
States aren't the only actors on the world stage. Nongovernmental organizations play an important role in our international system. In this lesson, you'll learn what nongovernmental organizations are and how they affect the world. A short quiz follows.
3. Multi-National Corporations as International Political Actors
Multinational corporations are serious players on the world stage. In fact, they are often more influential than many states. In this lesson, you'll learn about multinational corporations and their role in international relations. A short quiz follows.
4. Terrorist & Criminal Organizations as International Political Actors
The globalization process doesn't just involve business. Criminals and terrorists have 'gone global,' too. In this lesson, you learn about terrorists and transnational criminal organizations as actors on the world stage.
5. Indigenous People's Movements, Governments & International Politics
The Age of Discovery introduced European explorers to new worlds to settle. These lands really weren't new - they were already inhabited, but that didn't matter. In this lesson, you'll learn about indigenous people's movements and their relation to international politics.
6. The Role of Religious Movements in International Politics
Religion has reentered the world of international relations with religious-based terrorist groups. However, religious movements are not limited to acts of terror. You'll learn about the role of religious movements in international politics.
7. The United Nations' History & Role in International Politics
One of the most influential and far-reaching intergovernmental organizations in the world today is the United Nations. In this lesson, you'll learn about the United Nations, including its history, structure, and role in international politics.
8. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF): History & Purpose
It may be cliche, but children really are our future, and the majority of the world's children are threatened by poverty, malnutrition, disease, discrimination, and violence. In this lesson, you'll learn about UNICEF and its efforts to fix this problem.
9. The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO
In this lesson, we explore the foreign policy of the U.S. and Western Europe directly after WWII. We will look at its theory of containment regarding communism, and the birth of NATO.
10. European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines
In this lesson, we briefly explore the piecemeal formation of the EU and discuss the nature of the Union today and its role as the political authority for most of Europe.
11. The African Union's History & Purpose
There's probably not a place in the world that struggles more than the people and states found on the continent of Africa. In this lesson, you'll learn about the African Union and its efforts to improve Africa. A short quiz follows.
12. League of Arab States: History & Purpose
One of the most turbulent areas of the world today is the Middle East. In this lesson, you'll learn about the League of Arab States, including its history and role in the Middle East. A short quiz follows.
13. The International Monetary Fund (IMF): History & Purpose
International stability requires economic stability. In this lesson, you'll learn about how the International Monetary Fund helps establish economic stability by examining its history and purpose. A short quiz follows.
14. Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC): History & Purpose
Oil is an indispensable and scarce commodity required for energy and modern products. A world without it would look drastically different. In this lesson, you'll learn about the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, including its history and purpose.
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