A teaching unit for grade 11/12 social science students
The following teaching unit can be used with the Social Science Global Politics course in the International Baccalaureate (IB) as well as any course exploring the complexity of the challenges we face in the 21st century. The materials provided examine the challenges to forming an inclusive national identity in Bolivia based on respect for all diverse groups. It focuses on the contemporary political developments that helped assert indigenous rights and the pathways taken by the Bolivian state towards pluralism. This unit is comprised of six tasks and offers a unique exploration of identity politics at a time when this has become a polarizing issue across the globe. Learning materials provide opportunities to examine identity politics in a multicultural society and the role of social movements, legal reform and attitudinal shifts in achieving social change. Although originally designed to correspond with IB curriculum, we are expecting that teachers will select the tasks and materials that are most appropriate for their context.
Please note that these materials cover events up until 2019. In order to include more recent events, we recommend supplementing this case study with current articles.
IB and non-IB teachers of upper-grade secondary (high school) students. This could also be used in the CÉGEP system in Quebec.
IB teachers are expected to take a case study approach to allow a deep and conceptual understanding of these units.