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 Unit Details

  • Unit Title
    Understanding Mass Atrocities
    Unit Number
    SSPC5
    Course
    Politics and Conflict in the Modern World
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    Beginning with the introduction of the term “genocide,” students will explore a range of terminologies and frameworks for defining and explaining mass violence against civilians and the U.S. and response to past genocides. Students will determine how the U.S. should consider potential future atrocities. Students will study the development of policy related to genocide and mass atrocities, key definitions, and thresholds of violence that should trigger action by international groups.
    Timeline
    10 Day(s)
    Enduring Understandings
    Understand that controversies surrounding the term “genocide” affect U.S. and international reactions to mass atrocities.
    Understand that genocides are avoidable and numerous factors including government decisions, compliance of citizens, and the lack of interference from other nations impacted historical genocides.
    Understand that there are various responses to genocide available to the United States and international institutions.

    Essential Questions
    How do you decide what constitutes a genocide?
    What choices do people and nations make that allow collective violence against groups, including genocide to happen?
    How does national and international policy impact responses to genocide and how do we determine the best course of action?
    How can individuals and societies remember, commemorate and foster reconciliation when confronting difficult histories?


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