A teaching unit for grade 11/12 social science students
The following 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 to what extent Nigeria’s federal model has mitigated group grievances and addressed regional socio-economic inequalities or increased ethnic and religious competition. They focus on the impact of colonialism in creating current intergroup power dynamics, and the role of federalism in managing tensions over resources and representation. The materials also reveal the limits of the federal model in Nigeria: significant economic and educational inequalities between the North and South have persisted, and extremist insurgencies in the North continue to be a threat. This unit is comprised of seven tasks and offers a unique exploration of political power-sharing between several groups in the wake of protracted ethnic violence. Learning materials provide opportunities to examine inequality and development and the role of federalism, ethnicity and institutions in achieving social change and furthering respect for all groups.
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.