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 Unit Details

Unit Title
Life in the US and the World Today
Unit Number
SSCU5
Course
Contemporary Issues
Content Area
Social Studies
Description
This unit focuses on the impact US and world events have on the daily lives of individuals today, including topics of human rights, and the role of individuals, groups and institutions in addressing issues in the world today.
Timeline
15 Day(s)
Enduring Understandings
Understand that beliefs of dominant groups tend to become norms in a society.
Understand that individuals, groups, and institutions work to meet individual needs and can promote common good and address persistent social issues.
Understand that in democratic societies, legal protections are designed to protect the rights and beliefs of minority groups.
Understand that governments meet the needs and wants of citizens, regulate territory, manage conflict, establish order and security, and balance competing conceptions of a just society.


Essential Questions
How do the beliefs of dominate groups tend to become the norms of a society, and how does it impact minority beliefs?
In what ways do individuals, groups, and institutions work to address social issues?
How are human rights addressed at national and international levels?
What rights are considered to be universal to all people?
What role should individuals and institutions play in assuring and guaranteeing those rights on a local, national and international level?



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Standard
Standard Component
  
Apply civic virtues and democratic principles when working with others.
  
Evaluate social and political systems in different contexts, times, and places, that promote civic virtues and enact democratic principles.
  
Use appropriate deliberative processes in multiple settings.
  
Construct explanations using sound reasoning, correct sequence (linear or non-linear), examples, and details with significant and pertinent information and data, while acknowledging the strengths and weaknesses of the explanation given its purpose (e.g., cause and effect, chronological, procedural, technical).
  
Use disciplinary and interdisciplinary lenses to understand the characteristics and causes of local, regional, and global problems; instances of such problems in multiple contexts; and challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address these problems over time and place.
  
  
Standard
Standard Component
ECO
  
Analyze the impact and the appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights.
ECO
  
Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.