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How do American ideals compare to European ideals in geopolitical terms?
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Taking Sides - Europe vs. USA

Essential Question: How do American ideals compare to European ideals in geopoltical terms?

Goal: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of governments and fundamental ideals of the U.S. government and their relationship with other countries in world affairs.

To do: Compare and contrast the political and economic systems of Europe vs. USA.

  1. Divide the class into two teams
  2. Pick one of these topics to compare (can be the EU as a specific region or country in Europe - tell your opponent):
    1. health care
    2. immigration
    3. civil rights (gay marriage)
    4. education
    5. capital punishment / crime
    6. energy / environment - Copenhagen
    7. women's rights (birth control)
    8. military
  3. Research geopolitical connections and document your sources for the presentation.
  4. The Debate / Discussion

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