British Colonialism: Shooting an Elephant

HIST: A-Day, Mon., 4/27

  1. Debrief reading
  2. Read “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell
  3. Discuss with partners
  4. Class discussion

Homework due next class (Tue., 4/28-Wed., 4/29): Read handout “Part II: From Reform to Independence” up to (but not including) section on “The Muslim League” and complete relevant sections of the worksheet given in class.

Country Study Debrief

ECON: A/B-Day, Mon., 4/27-Tue., 4/28

  1. Small groups: Compare country studies
  • What similarities are there between your countries’ challenges?
  • What differences are there?
  • In general, what should governments do to assist LDCs?
  • What should average citizens in Eugene, Oregon do?
  1. Whole class discussion
  2. Development lecture

Homework due next class (Wed., 4/29): Review.

Aid and Indebtedness

ECON: C-Day, Fri., 4/24

  1. Identify your country’s level of debt with specific reference to terms used in Chapter 33. To what degree might debt in your country stifle economic development and growth?
  2. Explain what kinds of aid your country receives with specific reference to terms used in Chapter 33.
  3. Discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks to accepting such aid for your particular nation. What strings are likely attached to the help it is getting? (There’s no such thing as a free lunch!) In particular, look for examples of “structural adjustment” programs. What kinds of aid would you prefer, if available? This section should be at least one well-developed paragraph in length.

Jubilee Debt Campaign interactive map of world debt (Jubilee is an anti-debt organization)

Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook (Useful data about countries’ debt levels)

Oxfam country links (Oxfam is a non-profit anti-poverty organization)

World Bank country reports (The World Bank lends money for development projects)

International Monetary Fund country links (The IMF lends money to avert financial crises)

Work Day

ECON: B/C-Day, Wed., 4/22-Thu., 4/23

  1. Complete previously assigned work on barriers to growth & development
  2. Complete previously assigned work on growth and development strategies
  3. Start on previously assigned homework

Homework due next class (Fri., 4/24): Read Chapter 33, “Aid and Indebtedness.” Take 1-2 pages of notes on the content of the chapter (10 pts.)

Colonialism Simulation

HIST: B/C-Day, Thu., 4/23-Fri., 4/24

  1. Complete posters
  2. Present positions
  3. Caucus
  4. Vote
  5. Discussion

Homework due next class (Mon., 4/27): Read handout on British colonialism. Complete questions on handout given in class.

Ancient India Quiz/Colonialism Simulation

HIST: A-Day, Wed., 4/22

  1. Return/review materials
  2. Take quiz
  3. Correct quiz
  4. Introduce colonialism simulation

Homework due next class (Thu., 4/23-Fri., 4/24): None.

Growth & Development Strategies

ECON: C-Day, Tue., 4/21

  1. Complete research and writing on barriers to growth & development
  2. Based on the research you have done so far, identify at least one growth strategy and at least one development strategy. If you cannot find at least one of each, infer which strategies would be appropriate for your country.
  • Growth strategies include export-led growth and import substitution industrialization (ISI).
  • Development strategies include fair trade and micro-credit.
  1. Draw and explain at least one diagram that illustrates the effect of one strategy. These might include AD/AS, PPC, poverty cycle, or trade barrier diagrams. Write at least one well-developed paragraph.
  2. Discuss in writing the appropriateness of the strategies you have selected. This means devising a thesis and making arguments that consider both pros and cons. This section should be at least one well-developed paragraph in length.

Homework due next class (Wed., 4/22-Thu., 4/23): None.

Homework due Fri., 4/24: Read Chapter 33, “Aid and Indebtedness.” Take 1-2 pages of notes on the content of the chapter (10 pts.)

Eurasian Conference Debrief

HIST: B/C-Day, Mon., 4/20-Tue., 4/21

  1. Review/complete EC packet
  2. Partner discussion of questions
  3. Class discussion of Eurasian Conference
  4. Study for India Quiz

Homework due next class (Wed., 4/22): Study for India Quiz (20 pts.)

Economics Terms List

Here is a list of economics terms that are relevant to the IB economics test:

Economics Terms List

Barriers to Economic Growth and Economic Development

ECON: A/B-Day, Fri., 4/17-Mon., 4/20

Directions: Research your assigned Least Developed Country (LDC) using the resources below. Identify three specific barriers to economic growth and/or development. Write one paragraph for each (three paragraphs total) explaining how conditions you identified from the resources hold your country back from growth and/or development. (10 points.)


United Nations List of Least Developed Countries

British Broadcasting Corporation Country Profiles

CIA World Factbook

United Nations Human Development Reports by Country

World Bank

Homework for next class (Tue., April 21): Read Chapter 32, Growth and Development Strategies. Take notes on the main concepts from the chapter. You do not need to know the details of the Harrod-Domar growth model or the structural change/dual sector model, just the main ideas. (10 pts.)