SOCIAL STUDIES 20-2: Understandings of Nationalism

Curriculum Connections: SOCIAL 20-2

 

SOCIAL STUDIES 20-2: Understandings of Nationalism

 

Key Issue
Key Outcome
Alberta Environmental Laws 101 Connection to Curriculum
To what extent should we embrace nationalism? Students will understand, assess and respond to the complexities of nationalism. Use the chart below for ideas on how to connect the Social Studies 10-2 Curriculum with content from the Alberta Environmental Laws 101 website.
Related Issues
General Outcome
Alberta Environmental Laws 101 Connection to Curriculum
  1. Should nation be the foundation of identity?
Students will explore the relationships among identity, nation and nationalism. Constitutional Law

  • Is the Constitution the legal basis for Canada as a nation?
  • Should we include the environment in the Constitution?
  • Does the inclusion of the environment in the Constitution change our conception of nationalism?
  • Does nationalism have a place in the environment?

Complete Charter of Rights and Freedoms Lesson Plan

Related Issues
General Outcome
Alberta Environmental Laws 101 Connection to Curriculum
  1. Should nations pursue national interest?
Students will assess impacts of nationalism, ultranationalism and the pursuit of national interest. Managing our Environmental Resources

  • Where does nationalism fit into how we manage our resources?
  • What about when we think about global commons like the oceans or the atmosphere?

Complete the Tragedy of the Commons Lesson Plan

Climate Change

  • Will nationalism lose its importance as we face the major global issue of climate change?
  • Is ultra nationalism affecting our ability to fight climate change? Think of ‘America First’ & countries pulling out of the Paris Agreement.
  • Should we be moving away from nationalism?

Complete the Climate Change Litigation Lesson Plan

Related Issues
General Outcome
Alberta Environmental Laws 101 Connection to Curriculum
  1. Should internationalism be pursued?
Students will assess impacts of the pursuit of internationalism in contemporary global affairs. Climate Change

  • Are the effects of climate change also an effect of internationalism?
  • What is the significance of globalization/internationalism when responding to the issue of climate change? Think of climate refugees and international climate litigation.

Complete the Climate Change Litigation Lesson Plan

Related Issues
General Outcome
Alberta Environmental Laws 101 Connection to Curriculum
  1. Should individuals and groups in Canada embrace a national identity?
Students will assess strategies for negotiating the complexities of nationalism within the Canadian context. Environmental Justice

  • How is nationalism complicated by the unequal treatment of different groups?
  • What about Indigenous peoples?
  • How do Indigenous peoples fit into our colonial version of a national identity, especially considering that they are often subject to environmental racism?
Toxins & Waste

  • What is the relevance of national identify for people forced to relocate due to toxins/pollution?
  • What if your province/city is not protecting you from toxins & waste due to inadequate laws & regulations? Would that affect your feelings of national identity?
Climate Change

  • What is a national identify worth as areas of the world become inhabitable due to climate change? See section on climate refugees.
  • Should our national identity change to reflect this?

Complete the Climate Change Litigation Lesson Plan

Throughout each topic, we have highlighted connections to Alberta high school curriculum to assist students and teachers with connecting this resource to classroom learning.