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Learning Exercise

Material: The Cold War, Episodes 1-24
Submitted by: William Paquette on Mar 08, 2006
Date Last Modified: Jul 29, 2009
Title: The Cold War
Description: The Cold War dominated world politics from the end of World War II until the fall of Communism began with the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. The origins of the Cold War predate World War II. World Politics is still affected by the Cold War Era.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Unsupervised
Time Required 4-6 hours.
Topics: Humanities/History/Topical/Diplomatic/Intellectual
Course: United States History
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To explain to students the origins of the Cold War.
To identify the long-term and immediate causes of the Cold War.
To identify the major centers of the Cold War conflict from 1947-1989.
To list the major nations and leaders involved in the Cold War.
To explain the reasons for its decline and end.
To evaluate the consequences of the Cold War in World politics.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: The Cold War website offers 24 episodes produced by CNN about the origins, conflicts, and conclusion of the Cold War. Select Episode One to view, which explains the causes of the Cold War. Select Episode 24, which explains what brought the Cold War to an end. Select TWO more episodes from the remaining 22, each one dealing with a specific event or conflict during the period of the Cold War. Write a 5-6 page paper explaining (1)What caused the Cold War?, (2)Explain two events that represent Cold War Conflict, and (3) What caused the Cold War to end. Each episode is about 50 minutes.
Assessment: Paper.
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