International Relations Department of State (Gen Ed)

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International Relations:

International Relations Refers to the study of the relationships between countries

Get thinking about International Organizations. True or False?:

Get thinking about International Organizations. True or False? Citizens of the United States can volunteer to help people in other countries around the world. ____ The Department of State represents Florida when working with other states such as Georgia. ____ Clean water is an issue in developing countries around the world. ____ The Governor of Florida is the head of the Department of State. ____

Goals and Objectives:

Goals and Objectives Goal: In this lesson you will recognize government and citizen participation in international organizations. Objective: In this lesson you will describe the different positions in the Department of State Objective: In this lesson you will examine the purpose of the government organization. Objective: In this lesson you will analyze the Peace Corps and its mission. Objective: In this lesson you will be able to compare and contrast the government and citizen methods of participation. Throughout the lesson, you will see the speaker icon, click on it to see what happens. In this lesson, you will be asked to write, or describe orally, your responses to the questions.

Department of State (government):

Department of State (government) The Department of State is our government organization that is charged with representing the United States around the world. Also known as diplomacy . The term “state” refers to countries NOT the states that make up the United States.

Take a field trip:

Take a field trip Go to the following website http://diplomacy.state.gov/discoverdiplomacy/ Here you will explore the people who make up the Department of State, the places they go, and the issues they help to solve. Maybe someday you will become a diplomat!

People: Diplomats (Use the website to answer the questions. Each worth 2 points and need to be in your own words.):

People: Diplomats (Use the website to answer the questions. Each worth 2 points and need to be in your own words.) Generally, what do they do? What are the different roles of a diplomat? Who is the Secretary of State and what does he do?

Places (use the website to answer the questions. Each worth 2 points and need to be in your own words.):

Places (use the website to answer the questions. Each worth 2 points and need to be in your own words.) What is a U.S. Embassy? How do Embassies help U.S. citizens?

Issues:

Issues “Hot Spots” are places where the United States has specific interests and where there may be issues. Name 3 “Hot Spots.” (Each worth 2 points)

Click on the speaker to hear this being read to you. Mission: an objective or task that somebody believes it is his or her duty to carry out:

Click on the speaker to hear this being read to you. Mission: an objective or task that somebody believes it is his or her duty to carry out The mission of the Department of State is to “Advance Freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce wide-spread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system.”

Base your answers below on the Mission of the Department of State:

Base your answers below on the Mission of the Department of State What does it mean to “advance freedom?” What will a country do to be considered a “well-governed state” by the Department of State?

Peace Corps:

Peace Corps The Peace Corps is one way citizens of the United States can participate in International Relations. In 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. The Peace Corps officially started in 1961. Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on many different issues.

Volunteers are placed in one of the dark orange areas. :

Volunteers are placed in one of the dark orange areas.

Learn more about the Peace Corps by clicking on the highlighted text.:

Learn more about the Peace Corps by clicking on the highlighted text. Become a Peace Corps Volunteer

Be a volunteer:

Be a volunteer Click on the link to try being a Peace Corps volunteer in a remote village in another part of the world. Be sure to take notes on the following questions as you play the game. http://www.peacecorps.gov/kids List the different characters you “spoke” to as you played. (2 points) List the gifts you receive and from whom. (2 points) Describe the problem and how you solved it. (2 points)

Bringing it all together::

Bringing it all together: Now that you have learned about how the government and citizens participate in international relations… In this part of the unit you will describe the similarities and differences of the Department of State and the Peace Corps. In the following slide, describe two ways the Department of State and Peace Corps are alike and two ways they are different.

PowerPoint Presentation:

Department of State Alike Peace Corps 1. 2. 1. 2. 1. 2. Use a paper and pencil to create and fill in the graphic organizer below.

Writing Assignment :

Writing Assignment Using the graphic organizer you completed on the previous page, write a paragraph explaining the similarities and differences between the Department of State and the Peace Corps.

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