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February 6, 2023 | 1 comment

Resources for a Global Civics Education

Never has there been a more pressing need to strengthen global literacy through global civics education. CFR Education offers a range of high school and higher ed resources to help unpack global civics in the classroom.


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Today’s interdependent global economy and geopolitical landscape require a robust understanding of the rest of the world that only a global civics education can address.

Global civics is the study of the issues, forces and actors that shape today's world. To address these areas, CFR Education’s learning resources were created to teach global literacy: the knowledge of issues that shape today’s world, the skills to think critically about global challenges, and the perspective to appreciate differing viewpoints.

Never has there been a more pressing need to strengthen global literacy through global civics education.

High School Global Civics

How do all the different countries, with different governments, laws and norms exist in one world together? World101’s Building Blocks of the World module is a pretty good place to start.

Use the teaching resources listed below to introduce the concept of sovereignty to your class before examining how self-determination allowed the number of countries to quadruple over the past century.

Teaching Resources for an Introduction to the World We Live In 

Now that your students have an understanding of the building blocks of our world, they can better understand the problems that arise from this world order, such as the challenges to sovereignty, what happens when people don’t have a country to call their own and who should step in when sovereignty is threatened.

Teaching Resources for Challenges to Navigating Our World

Higher Education Global Civics

The state of conflict has changed drastically in the past century, from the unfathomable fatalities of the world wars to the emergence of nuclear weapons and artificial intelligence. Use our lessons on both interstate and intrastate conflict to engage your class in the debate over whether war between countries has become obsolete. 

With the world’s most powerful military and largest economy, the United States is uniquely able to influence global affairs. The way the U.S. conducts its foreign policy has changed as conflict has. Ask your students to assess the different approaches:

Then have your class use our extensive module to explore the advantages and disadvantages of each tool of foreign policy before putting their knowledge to the test with our Model Diplomacy cases on humanitarian intervention in South Sudan and the dispute in the East China Sea.

Lesson Plans on International Politics

Find more resources on international politics and how they relate to your students with our free collection of preK-12 lesson plans and teaching resources.

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CFR Education

CFR Education is an initiative within the Council on Foreign Relations that aims to make complex foreign policy and international issues accessible for middle, high school and college students through its educational products: World101, Model Diplomacy, and Convene the Council.These resources equip

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