Now that you have a good understanding of your country’s development, it is time to debate world issues.
Each of you will have a 60 second opening statement followed by an open debate about the questions below.
A few rules:
- Always be respectful
- Address people as “The delegate of…”
- No personal pronouns: “I, you. we” Instead say the name of the country, or “the people of…”
- Remember that this is not a competition. You are not trying to win the argument. You are looking for concensus without compromising your country’s interest.
- Have a definition of development. It isn’t just GDP!
- Use the SDGs if necessary
- LICs: Discuss the importance of education and technology in helping LICs develop.
- MICs: Discuss how MICs can continue developing their economies without environmental degradation
- HICs: Discuss how HICs have a historical debt towards ex-colonies to help them achieve sustainable development.
You will be graded on the ATLs of
- Thinking: Based on your level of thinking and understanding of your country and of the global issues you discuss.
- Communication: Based on how well you express your ideas, how respectful you are to others and on your overall tone durind the debate.
You will now write about this unit in your Online Reflection Journals.
There is no prescribed theme, as long as it is about the development unit, so reflect on any part of your learning that you deem relevant: You can write about a part of your learning that you feel was interesting and have something relevant to say, or that you can comment about the way you learned in this unit.
Here are a few prompts , if you need them:
- How did you work on your communication skills in this unit? be specific in terms of goals and objectives
- How has your perspective of world issues (or world problems) changed through this unit?
- What questions were not answered in this unit that you would like to know more about? How could you learn more about the topics you care about?
- How are the SDGs a good/not so good way of tackling world issues. Give examples.
- Discuss the real-world relevance of a specific topic you learned about in this class. How can you use your knowledge to make a difference?
- What was the most difficult part of this unit, and how did you overcome the difficulty?
- Discuss the debate experience. What did you like? Where did you struggle? What would you do differently if you could?