Analyzing the Modern World

Jabal al-Qal'a, the old citadel of Amman, Jordan
  • Welcome to Analyzing the Modern World!

    This required 9th grade course examines a non-Western region of the world and how it has been impacted by interaction with the West.  The Middle East is the current case study for the course.

    Watch this space for Google Classroom codes and links.

    General outline:

    • An introduction to the geography, religion and culture of the Middle East
    • The First World War in the Middle East
      • European Ambitions and Imperialism
      • The Arab Revolt and Lawrence of Arabia
    • The Future of Democracy in Turkey
      • The collapse of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey in the 20th century
      • Nationalism and reform: Turkey modernizes itself
      • Simulation of Turkish Parliamentary elections
    • Afghanistan
      • History of foreign involvement in Central Asia
      • Model UN-style debate on the future of Afghanistan