This database is designed to make CALIS materials accessible to USC
students involved in our Teaching
International Relations Program (TIRP). USC undergraduate
review the collection in order to plan and then team teach a
series of lessons to social studies classes at local high schools.
are in the continuous process of weeding, upgrading, updating, and
to better serve a wider audience of users.
to CALIS to pilot case customized transcripts as
part of the High
School Case Teaching Initiative. AND we recently received
permission from American Public Media to repost reports from Marketplace. Each has a discussion
questions that cite the text, apply analytical tools, and relate to
a larger issue. Each case transcript is linked to the NPR or APM
as an option to use the audio complement for media literacy and
development. Radio is a goldmine resource for excellent cases!
the collection is strengthened, we hope that teachers across the nation
and internationally will find the strategies and resources useful.
Each item has a PDF or DOC link that also serves as the
item identification number.
links are the goal!
As an MS Word file, doc files can be saved to your computer for
editing. PDF links are for materials
that are not yet available
as DOC files. If the item is available as a doc file, the pdf link will
eventually be weeded.
there is a problem with a file link, please contact CALIS
and note the item number.
for any confusion...
number of entries serve as a catalog
of resources that are available in our office for our USC volunteers.
These entries are not linked, but we hope the information is useful.
Updated: 2010--Dec 10
Teaching and Analytical Tools
What to Teach with How
CALIS received national recognition in 2005 for our direct service in
classrooms and effective use of analytical tools in
secondary social science. Among 100 university
nominations, the CALIS
was selected by the Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in
International Education as one of the top three in the United States.
As a university
resource to the civic mission of schools, CALIS is pursuing adaptation
of the Harvard case teaching method to history, government
and economics. Case teaching challenges both teachers and their
to apply the concepts, theories, and perspectives of their field of
study to the real world. Cases engage students in the process of using
analytical tools to make considered, substantive
are necessary to manage complexity and approach
with depth and balance. As
a professor in law school or medical school uses cases so that
can practice law or practice medicine,
so must social science students use cases to
civic engagement using effective, empowering tools.
includes reference charts and worksheets for each of these analytical
Worlds ~ Sets of Actors
The four worlds analytical framework distinguishes between the
economic, social, and cultural worlds. Students identify that each
has its own constellation of actors with various sources of power; each
has differing priorities and tools of influence; and each affects the
other. A case can illustrate how "the four worlds collide"
and how any policy response will have trade-offs between the interests
of different actors and between the needs of society.
~ Sets of Assumptions
The worldviews model is a framework for comparing multiple
Students identify different sets of assumptions and how these beliefs
form a lens that filters one's view of the world. Using the DEPP
students can trace how assumptions guide our analysis - how we Describe
an issue, Explain its causes, Predict
its evolution, and Prescribe action. A
third "P" is sometimes added to
consider how an individual can or does Participate
at the international
of Analysis ~ Sets of Variables
Levels of analysis is a framework for considering which factors are
most important in influencing or determining international affairs.
There are three levels: 1) human behavior
in general and the role of
individuals, 2) state behavior
and the domestic needs of
and 3) international or systemic conditions of anarchy or balance of
power. Students can evaluate an event, condition, or trend with greater
clarity and depth in studying causes and possible solutions.
~ Ideal Types in Perspective
Placing values, ideas, or policies along a continuum is an analytical
framework that affords students a critical point of reference. Whether
it is a spectrum of attitudes toward cultural inclusion or the range
of beliefs on the role of government, placing a specific case along
a continuum makes abstract concepts more clearly concrete - while
the complexities of nuance and ambiguity.
Map ~ Relationships & Big Ideas
A concept map is a visual outline of terms,
events, issues, and
concepts that illustrates relationships. It is an
for the teacher to use in order to map the lesson
the significant issues and big idea that will be explicitly explored
throughout the unit of study. A concept map is also an excellent review
or pre-write exercise. It clearly identifies vocabulary and content
as specific criteria for assessment.
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topic, concept, region, country, author, source, etc. Note that search
results are alphabetical by title.
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This search option has not been further developed since the initial
set-up of the database.
Analytical tools are not entered to
this database as lesson plans.
These reference charts, concept maps, and outlines are to be applied
to cases. They are initially a teacher's guide to set the context,
key terms, link and layer issues, or identify dynamics. As a first step
in a lesson, it is not always best to use these one-page overviews as
student handouts. Placing "pieces" of a concept map on the
board and asking students to anticipate a next step will allow them
to build their own understanding, strengthened by their own a-ha
moments. Otherwise, a handout that is "already a done deal"
is not as meaningful as "piecing together" some of the ideas
We are very grateful to the following organizations that are supporting
volunteers and teachers (everywhere!) by granting permission
make sample resources available on this database:
Forum for Global Education
- the Center for Teaching International Relations, University of Denver
Center, Ohio State University