Social studies planning: Issues in Africa – Darfur and Post-Apartheid South Africa

In the previous post I discussed the general structure of the Breakthrough social studies curriculum and what readings I might suggest to the teachers to use in their study of Central and South America.

For the study of regions in Africa and contemporary conflicts I’m hoping to have the teachers and students explore the issues driving the conflict in the Darfur region of the Sudan and also explore the challenges facing post-apartheid South Africa. Clearly, given its prominence in the news over the past half decade plus, finding articles about Darfur is quite easy. I’m hoping to find a solid selection of sources about all these topics so that the students are exposed to a mix of types of sources (primary, secondary, tertiary) and also various reading levels. Ideally, having students deal with “history” sources that are not simply bland, objective overviews will enable them to see that the subject matter isn’t simply about memorizing all the “facts,” but is rather about understanding various arguments and perspectives on a certain issue.

Here’s an in-progress list of the sources that the teachers might use with their students.:

1. Darfur in 10 Minutes: An Overview of the Conflict in Sudan, 2008, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USLDoIiFzzg.

2. Somini Sengupta, “Crisis in Sudan: Thorny Issues Underlying Carnage in Darfur Complicate World’s Response – The New York Times,” http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/16/world/crisis-sudan-thorny-issues-underlying-carnage-darfur-complicate-world-s-response.html?scp=2&sq=darfur%20crisis&st=cse&pagewanted=1.

3. S. Straus, “Darfur and the genocide debate,” foreign affairs 84, no. 1 (2005): 123-133.

4. “South Africa and the world: The see-no-evil foreign policy,” The Economist, November 13, 2008, http://www.economist.com/world/mideast-africa/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12607346.

5. “Q&A: Sudan’s Darfur conflict,” BBC, March 5, 2009, sec. Africa, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3496731.stm.

Straus – Darfur and Genocide Deabte

An Overview of the Darfur Crisis


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