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Class Description
Wednesday, 1:05 PM to 2:05 PM
Current Events and World Affairs  
Teacher:  Alex Binz
Age:  15 & up
Cost:  $50 tuition, 1 of 4 payments;
$30 copy/supply fee per year
Text:  Students must have access to various news media sources and the Internet
Description: This class will integrate a variety of topics related to current events and geography with elements of world history and politics (especially U.S. foreign policy) thrown in. Our overarching focus will be on the rest of the world, though we will spend some time covering U.S. politics and President Trump's second year in office. Given the emphasis on current events, the week-to-week schedule may be subject to change, letting us adapt as major news events unfold.  We will cover some difficult topics in class, so students will need the emotional maturity to deal with such topics.  The overarching format is fairly straightforward, though: I will introduce major themes and summarize modern world history (from Napoleon to present-day) in the first few weeks, then we will move around the world, region by region, spending about a month exploring the historical and modern experiences of each one.   Each week, students will read eight current events articles, and write a response to what they learn -- either a weekly paragraph, or a five-paragraph essay at the end of the unit. In addition, students will give a short oral presentation at the end of each unit, covering something they learned from the class. By the end of the year, students should be able to speak intelligently about news from around the world, identify locations related to both political and physical geography, and explain why the world map looks the way it does.
 
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