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1 Peace - More Than Just a Symbol

Students explore their own definitions of peace and construct an initial understanding of what peace means to them and to their peers.

Through reconstruction of quotations on peace, conflict and war, students are exposed to a broad range of perspectives on the nature of peace and key concepts in the exploration of peace are introduced.

  • Message Match

  • Overhead:
  • Peace, Violence and Conflict
  • 2 Causes of Conflict, Violence and War

    Through the analysis of films and articles, students begin to develop an understanding of the multiple causes and triggers of conflict, violence and war.

    Students go on to explore the similarities and difference in causation that exist at the individual, community, intra and interstate level, and practise peace related skills such as consensus building and negotiation.

    NFB Video Shorts:
  • Neighbours
  • Balablok
  • When the Dust Settles

  • Articles:
  • Terrorism as Cannibalism
  • Manhood and Violence

  • Handout:
  • Causes of War and Violence
  • 3 Security - More Than Just Defence?

    In this lesson students examine a variety of security definitions and relate those definitions to a range of security measures.

    Students go on to determine the extent to which these security measures enhance or subvert human rights as laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • Security Definitions
  • Security Measures
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • 4 Deeper Security - A Case Study

    Security of minority students in high school is explored through the use of case studies.

    The human rights violations that occur when students are discriminated against are examined, and the consequences of this discrimination for the victim, the perpetrator and the school community are identified.

    The lesson concludes with students determining who holds responsibility in protecting the rights of minority students within the school community.

    Case Studies:
  • Case Study One
  • Case Study Two

  • Handouts:
  • Righting Wrongs
  • Consequences Map
  • 5 Toward a Culture of Peace

    Students examine the concepts of global justice, positive peace and human rights through the interpretation of political cartoons and explore the implications for creating a culture of peace.

  • Political Cartoons
  • 6 Taking Action

    Students determine the ethics and efficacy of different types of social and political action through the exploration of a variety of forms of protest.

    Students go on to examine a case study in political protest, the Quebec Summit of the Americas.

  • View from the Summit

  • Handouts:
  • Action Statements
  • FTAA Backgrounder
  • Assessing the Protest
  • View from the Summit: Parts 1 and 2
  • 7 Where Do I Stand?

    Through reflection on an article by Arun Gandhi, students are encouraged to examine the personal contributions that they personally can make to support the creation of a culture of peace.

  • Terrorism and Nonviolence
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