Curriculum Units in Development
India's Independence and the Question of Partition (Coming Late Spring 2013)
Using newly available scholarship, Choices is undertaking a major revision to its curriculum on Indian independence. Examining the partition of India in 1947 provides insights into the dynamics that continue to shape India and Pakistan today. India's Independence and the Question of Pakistan examines the era of British colonialism in India, the struggle for independence, and the legacy of the 1947 partition. Using primary sources and readings, students will consider issues of identity, economic development, war, and politics in Indian history. In the main role-play activity, students will take on diverse perspectives to discuss the question of partition.
Colonization and Independence in Africa (Coming Late Spring 2013)
In the late nineteenth century, Europe claimed the African continent for itself. In the guise of a humanitarian mission, European leaders and businesses exploited African natural resources and people to fuel European economic development. But Africans did not submit to outside control willingly. In fact, African resistance continued throughout the colonial period, culminating in the independence movements of the mid-twentieth century. This new resource from the Choices Program explores the ways in which Africans experienced and responded to colonialism. It examines this topic generally, as well as through four country case studies. A central activity uses primary sources to explore the contested nature of colonization and decolonization.
The Choices Program has launched on a new initiative to develop iBooks Textbooks that include enhanced graphics, embedded videos, and other interactive materials.