- How Do We Know China? Let Us Count the Ways (Worksheet)
This worksheet looks at accounts from Chinese refugees about land productivity in their home provinces and then compares them to government reports. It works well in a global history, world history, or comparative government class.
- Refugee Accounts of the Great Chinese Famine
A look at four different experiences during the Great Chinese Famine from refugees from varied social and economic backgrounds.
- How Does Geography Shape China's Domestic and Foreign Policies? (Worksheet)
How does geography shape China's domestic and foreign policies? This activity works well in a global history, world history, or comparative government class.
- What are the Biggest Threats to China's Security? (Worksheet)
What does China view as its largest security threats? This excerpt identifies four rings of security concerns: inside China's territory; its 24 surrounding countries; six regional systems; and the rest of the world.
- How Democratic is Russia? (Worksheet)
President Vladimir Putin has won the presidential elections twice and is very popular in opinion polls. Does that make his administration democratic? This activity works well in a comparative government or political science class.
- How Did Russia's Oligarchs Rise to Power? (Worksheet)
Oligarchs control a vast amount of wealth and influence in Russia today. How did these business titans rise to power and what is their relationship to the government? This activity works well in a global history, world history, or comparative government class.
- How Free is the Press in Russia? (Worksheet)
Excerpts from four powerful Russian media figures on how they perceive freedom of the press in their country since the collapse of the Soviet Union. This activity works well in a comparative government, poltiical science, or world history class.
- Arguments for Scottish Independence (2013)
In the lead-up to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, First Minister Salmond spoke in favor of an independent Scotland, ensuring investors that it was a safe and logical long-term choice. This activity works well in a comparative government class.
- Why and How did the UK Privatize State-Owned Industries during the 1980s?
Why and how did the UK privatize state-owned industries during the 1980s? A 1991 report from Carnegie Council gives students a clear explanation. This activity works well in a comparative government, global, or world history class.
- Illiberal Democracy and the Middle East (Worksheet)
Excerpts concerning illiberal democracies in the post-Arab Spring world and discussion questions regarding representative governments in conservative societies. This activity works well in a comparative government class.
- How Does Oil Help Determine the Democratic Nature of a State? (Worksheet)
Most oil-producing countries have had significant economic growth and rising living standards, yet with a few exceptions, there has been almost no move towards democracy. What explains this phenomenon? This activity works well in a comparative government class.
- Working within Nigeria's Sharia Courts (Worksheet)
Since the end of military rule in 1999, some of Nigeria's states have extended Sharia laws to criminal matters. How did this system of law enter certain states, how is it enforced, and how does it effect women? This activity works well in a comparative government or political science class.