The World This Week: Going Beyond Dates and Places to the Core of History
Professor Zbysek Brezina, PhD
These weekly intellectual sessions are about understanding and explaining global challenges, drawing on politics, history, economics, geography, philosophy, law and sociology.
US Grade 5 - 8
Through discussions, debates, and individual research and writing (students will write The International Relations Diary), this course/seminar will explore the most current problems in international affairs that are happening in a particular week in the world (Asia, Americas, Middle East, Africa, Europe, Australia). By approaching issues from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, the students will learn to think critically about the world and explore ways to comprehend and solve global...
The class has two main goals. One is to provide students with a basic factual knowledge of the various issues/problems of world affairs and international politics of the modern world. Just as important, however, is the ability to use this information productively to evaluate, synthesize, or interpret key facts and ideas. Students will learn how to integrate factual data into some basic understanding of how the modern world works and the world issues which concern policymakers and citizens today. This class will thus emphasize the development of cognitive skills such as source analysis, logical inferences, and interpretation.
Dr. Brezina has taught world affairs/international relations at various university prep schools in Europe and the United States and as well as at several American colleges and universities. Most recently he taught international relations to the students at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth this summer in Thessaloniki, Greece.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
The study of international relations deals with some sensitive topics such as war, civil war, ethnic cleansing, etc. Dr. Brezina takes great care to present the content in an age-appropriate manner.
For the weekly sessions, Dr. Brezina will use various sources such as the Economist, Foreign Affairs magazine, Foreign Policy magazine, etc., that offer timely news on diplomatic relations, fiscal policy, trade, climate change, and more. kuh
Meet the teacher
I have taught history and social studies for over twenty-five years at all levels, including elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. I have a Ph.D. in history from Boston University, and spent ten years as a tenure-track...
1x per week
Completed by 5 learners
Live video meetings
2-6 learners per class
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