Global Problems, Global Solutions:: Prospects for a Better World

KEY FEATURES: Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which recognizes a single global system and the interdependence of problems across national borders, is used as a framework that explores three broad themes - “Building Human Capital,” “Incivility,” and “Our Environments” Rich data in easily-understood language highlights the relationships among problems and supporting claims and shows the importance of evidence as well as how to find patterns and analyze data. Mini research exercises guide students in gathering and analyzing data from online sources such as Amnesty International and the World Bank, teaching them how important social facts and forces are measured. Opening vignettes focus on lived experiences in different regions of the world, illustrating the connection between personal problems and larger social and political forces. Critical thinking questions, requiring students to confront moral and ethical questions and to weigh evidence to form an opinion, help them to see the complexity of global issues. Examples of how civil society organizations address social problems demonstrate how citizen groups can influence governments and international organizations.

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