The "flipped classroom" is an innovative teaching strategy that allows students to think on a deeper level. Rather than students listening to content instruction in the traditional classroom, they do so outside of class through a recorded online lecture. They then come back to class prepared to discuss and engage in activities concerning what they learned from the recording. For more information see What is the Flipped Classroom?

Carnegie Council offers a twist on the traditional "flipped classroom." Rather than entire lectures or guided instruction, we offer an abbreviated version of this, along with thought-provoking questions that the teacher can use in class. Beyond the "flipped classroom" the videos will also work well for "Do Now" activities, argumentative writing exercises, debates, and discussions on morality, combat, rights, technology and weaponry.

Lecture Clips, Transcripts and Questions:

Are Nuclear Weapons Useful?
Why would a country keep a technology that is dangerous but not very useful?
Ward Wilson

Are We Becoming More Peaceful?
When examining the history of conflict and war, has mankind developed morally and politcally in a progressive manner? What do examples of 20th and 21st century mass violence show?
Francis Fukuyama

Weighing Individual Versus Group Rights
Can you justify killing five people in self-defense to save one person who is being attacked? What about killing one innocent person for an organ transplant to save five lives?
David Rodin

Ethics of War & Conflict
Does a soldier act permissibly if he fights in an unjustified war?
David Rodin

The Ethics of Drones and Civilian Contractors
Civilian contractors and drones are both active in United States military activities today. What are the ethics of employing these two actors rather than using only a traditional military force?
Andrew Exum

Leadership and Nonviolent Movements
Does a successful social movement require leadership? Does it require a strong leader?
Srdja Popovic

Looking for Do Now or argumentative writing exercises on other topics? Check out the Global Ethics Corner series.