Manifestations of Conflict

Nonviolent Social Action

  • What is nonviolent direct action?

  • What is the theory of non-violence?

  • How effective are nonviolent responses to conflict?

We will explore these questions through some readings, videos and case studies.

CASE STUDY: THE DREAMERS

  • What challenges do undocumented youth in the US face?

  • Who are the Dreamers? What do they want?

  • What is the DREAM ACT?

  • What methods to do the Dreamers use?

  • What impact is the movementhaving in the US?

In this lesson, we will use the case of the Dreamers in the US to examine the power of nonviolent action and social movements to bring about change. We will read about the Dreamers, watch a documentary and have some guest speakers from the New York State Youth Leadership Council,  an undocumented youth-led organization organizing for immigration reform. 

Armed Conflict

  • What is armed conflict?

  • What is civil war?

  • What is the nature of armed conflicts today?

  • Where do most armed conflicts take place? Why?

  • What are some of the drivers or root causes of armed conflict?

  • How do the drivers of conflict fit into the "greed verses grievances" paradigm of conflict?

These questions will be explored through some readings, videos and a role play.

CASE STUDY: CONFLICT IN SYRIA

  • What is the situation in Syria today?

  • What events led to the current crisis in Syria?

  • Who are the main players?

  • What are the root causes of the conflict?

 

We will explore these questions through some investigations, videos and a reading.

Terrorism

  • What is terrorism?

  • What power do terrorists yield compared to other global actors?

  • What are the root causes of terrorism?

  • What are the most effective methods of counterterrorism?

We will explore these questions through some readings, case studies, a 4 corners discussion and a role play.

CASE STUDY: IS

  • What is the Islamic State?

  • What are its origins?

  • What does it want?

  • Who are the foreign fighters joining IS?

  • Why do they join?

These are the questions we will explore through some readings, videos and a role play.

Forced Displacement

  • What is the difference between a migrant, a refugee and an asylum seeker?

  • How many people worldwide have been displaced by violence?

We will explore these questions through some readings, videos and interractive maps.

CASE STUDY: THE SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

  • How many Syrians are internally displaced? How many are refugees?

  • Which countries host the most Syrian refugees?

  • What challenges do they face?

  • How is the international community responding to the Syrian refugee crisis?

We will explore these questions through some story maps, videos and a role play.

Genocide and Mass Violence

  • What is genocide?

  • What psycho-social, economic and political conditions lead to mass violence and genocide?

  • Which countries are at risk of genocide?

  • What can be done to prevent genocide and mass violence?

We will explore these questions through a prezi, a reading, a video, discussion and a case study of the Rwandan genocide.

CASE STUDY: The Rwandan Genocide

  • What is genocide?

  • What psycho-social, economic and political conditions lead to mass violence and genocide?

  • Which countries are at risk of genocide?

  • What can be done to prevent genocide and mass violence?

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