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Exploring Globalization Opportunities and Challenges in Social Studies

Effective Instructional Approaches

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Edited By Lydiah Nganga, John Kambutu and William B. Russell III

This book on global issues, trends, and practices is intended to serve primarily as an instructional and learning resource in social studies methods courses for preservice teachers. In addition, it is an effective social studies and global education resource for college faculty, graduate students, inservice educators, and other professionals because it has divergent, practical, and relevant ideas. Teaching global education is challenging. It requires an understanding of globalization and how it affects policies, reforms, and education. Therefore, this book explores real global issues in the classroom and also offers different innovative instructional strategies that educators have employed while teaching social studies courses. The volume includes detailed reviews of literature and research findings which facilitate the design of quality pertinent units and lessons plans. Indeed, this book is a critical tool to help educators and students to gain a better understanding of globalization and global education.
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Chapter Ten: Broadening Horizons: Utilizing Film to Promote Global Citizens of Character: Stewart Waters & William B. Russell III

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Stewart Waters William B. Russell III

Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.

Walt Disney (1901–1966)

In March 2012, the Invisible Children Organization released a thirty-minute video to raise awareness about Joseph Kony, the infamous leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda. In a matter of weeks, this well-designed film went viral, generating over one hundred million views. Common citizens, celebrities, professional athletes, and politicians all began sharing their support for this movement and for the objective of capturing Joseph Kony. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter became political forums for people to share this video and their thoughts on an international issue of human rights. However, the immense popularity of this film brings to light several important questions. What made this film so intriguing to people? How much did people already know about Joseph Kony prior to watching the film? How do people from Uganda feel about this film? These and many other questions stand to initiate some fairly interesting, and certainly controversial, discussions about global human rights and the responsibility people have to look after the well-being of others. Since the film’s purpose was to raise awareness of Joseph Kony and also encourage people everywhere to take action supporting the objective of capturing Kony by the end of 2012, it will be interesting to see how active viewers of this...

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