Mr. Niebergall

HARRY S TRUMAN HIGH SCHOOL
GLOBAL STUDIES

WEBQUESTTOPIC: DECOLONIZATION

 

Important Definitions:

decolonization: The process in which European colonies in Africa and Asia became independent states, mainly in the period after World War II.

developing nation: a country with little trade and industry and a low standard of living.

developed nation: a country with strong trade and industry and a high standard of living.

imperialism: the practice of one country controlling the government and wealth of weaker countries.

 

INTRODUCTION:

During the period of decolonization, the peoples of Africa and Asia became free of European imperialism.The new nations in Africa and Asia finally received the long promised self determination for their people.However with the Europeans political imperialism gone, new problems arose.The peoples of Africa and Asia now faced problems that had long been submerged during imperialism, such as ethnic and tribal rivalry.Other problems that the nations in Africa and Asia faced were also new to the world such as AIDS.Many of these new nations freed from European imperialism were now developing nations struggling to rise to the level of a developed nation such as those in the West (The United States and Western Europe).

 

TASK:

You are a public policy analyst assigned to help study the problems of a developing nation in Africa or Asia.You will produce a thematic essay that will incorporate all aspects of the public policy analyst.Through the use of the Global History Public Policy Analyst worksheets, you will define the social problem of the developing nation, gather evidence on the social problem, determine the causes of the social problem, evaluate the policy that the developing nationís government is following to solve the problem, and do a comparative analysis with another problem that plagues another developing nation.You will be graded on both the completed GHHPA worksheets and the thematic essay based on the GHHPA worksheets describing the problems of a developing nation and the public policy used by the government to deal with the problem.

 

 

PROCESS:

I. You will be assigned to a group of four.Using a variety of resources (Internet websites, your textbook, handouts, etc.), each group will research the topic of the problems with the nations of Africa and Asia since Decolonization.Each Public Policy worksheet will be collected and graded as part of your final grade.You will record your research on the Global History Public Policy Analyst worksheets (found at the following five links):

     Identify Problem

     Gather the Evidence

     Determine Causes

     Evaluate the Policy

     Do a Comparative Analysis

II. After the GHPPA worksheets are completed, then the independent creation of your thematic essay must begin.Your thematic essay must incorporate all elements of the GHPPA worksheets.In addition your thematic essay must incorporate all the elements of a New York State Regent thematic essay which includes an introduction, several body paragraphs and a conclusion.

 

RESOURCES:

 

Problems in Nigeria

1. Religious strife

2. Religious strife

3. Religious strife

4. Government dictatorship

 

Problems in South Africa

1. AIDS

2. AIDS

3. AIDS

4. Racism

5. Racism

6. Racism

 

Problems in Zimbabwe

1. AIDS

2. AIDS

3. Unequal land distribution

4. Unequal land distribution

5. Government dictatorship

6. Government dictatorship

 

Problems in India

1. Discrimination against the Untouchables

2. Discrimination against the Untouchables

3. Discrimination against the Untouchables

4. Discrimination against the Untouchables

 

Problems in Bangladesh

(formerly East Pakistan)

Monsoon season ruins the land and kills many

Monsoon season ruins the land and kills many

Monsoon season ruins the land and kills many

Monsoon season ruins the land and kills many

 

 

SEARCH ENGINES

 

Yahoo.com

 

Infoplease.com

 

Google.com

 

Altavista.com

 

Historychannel.com

 

 

 

EVALUATION:

 

NEW YORK STATE ELA AND SOCIAL
STUDIES STANDARDS

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Harry S Truman High School

Problems after Decolonization

Name: ________________________

Teacher: Mr. Niebergall

 

 

Criteria

Points

 

4

3

2

1

 

Introduction/ Topic

Student(s) properly generate questions and or problems around a topic.

Student(s) generate questions and or problems.

Student(s) require prompts to generate questions and or problems.

Questions or problems are teacher generated.

 

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Conclusions Reached

Numerous detailed conclusions are reached from the evidence offered.

Several detailed conclusions are reached from the evidence offered.

Some detailed conclusions are reached from the evidence offered.

A conclusion is made from the evidence offered.

____

Information Gathering

Information is gathered from multiple electronic and non-electronic sources and cited properly.

Information is gathered from multiple electronic and non-electronic sources.

Information is gathered from limited electronic and non-electronic sources.

Information is gathered from non-electronic or electronic sources only.

____

Summary Paragraph

Well organized, demonstrates logical sequencing and sentence structure.

Well organized, but demonstrates illogical sequencing or sentence structure.

Well organized, but demonstrates illogical sequencing and sentence structure.

Weakly organized.

____

Punctuation, Capitalization, & Spelling

Punctuation and capitalization are correct.

There is one error in punctuation and/or capitalization.

There are two or three errors in punctuation and/or capitalization.

There are four or more errors in punctuation and/or capitalization.

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English Language Arts Performance Standards

 

E1c:Read and comprehend informationalmaterials.

E2a:Produce a report ofinformation.

 

Standard 2:   World History

Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in world history and examine the broad sweep of history from a variety of perspectives.

CONCLUSION:

The problems that plague the developing world stem in part from their domination by the European nations that controlled them since the 1800s.Many of the European nations that had controlled the people of Africa and Asia had often not properly prepared their colonies for independence.†† The Europeans had often not created the institutions that were needed in Africa and Asia for a successful democratic government.In addition the economies of the African and Asian colonies were created to enrich the European imperial power and not to make the colony economically independent.Finally modern problems of racism, ethnic strife and AIDS have made it difficult for developing nations to rise to the level of a developed nation.