Unit 4 Global Issues

Unit Description

Who decides who among us is civilized? What rules should govern immigration into the United States? Whom should we let in? Keep out? What should we do about political refugees or children without papers? What if they would be a drain on our economy?

Close reading of the unit texts will help you answer these Guiding Questions:

  • What role do national identity, custom, religion, and other locally held beliefs play in a world increasingly characterized by globalization?
  • How does Shakespeare's view of human rights compare with that in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
  • Who is civilized? Who decides what civilization is or how it's defined?
  • How do we behave toward and acknowledge those whose culture is different from our own?

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