W Unit 6 – Globalization (1991-Present)

Content Standards

  • W CS 24, W CS 25, W CS 26, W CS 27, W CS 28, W CS 29

Essential Questions

  • What ended the Cold War?
  • How did the end of the Cold War change global interactions?
  • Who does globalization benefit?
  • Who does globalization hurt?
  • How have countries become more interdependent?
  • How have regional and ethnic conflicts resulted in acts of terrorism in the post-Cold War era.
  • How did the end of the Cold War create new challenges with the proliferation of nuclear weapons?
  • How has the possibility of access to nuclear weapons by terrorists and countries that support terrorism pose a challenge to world peace?
  • What societal and governmental challenges have resulted due to mass migration?
  • How has the rapid increase of global populations coupled with an increase in life expectancy created societal and governmental challenges?
  • Why is there a movement for the sustainability of the world’s resources?
  • What world events have resulted in a new environmental consciousness?

Learning Targets

  1. Describe how the breakup of the Soviet Union ended the Cold War.
  2. Identify the challenges the end of the Cold War created for its former allies, the former Soviet republics, Europe, the United States, and the non-aligned world.
  3. Identify the regional and ethnic conflicts in the post-Cold War era
  4. Identify the basis in specific areas for genocide and ethnic cleansing.
  5. Analyze how nationalism led to genocide and ethnic cleansing.
  6. Identify acts of terrorism that are a result of regional and ethnic conflicts.
  7. Define self-governance and self-determination.
  8. Identify a political and social group and explain how they struggled to achieve self-governance an self-determination.
  9. Identify the factors that have created a more independent global economy since 1991.
  10. Describe how proliferation of nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War has created a challenge to world peace.
  11. Describe how global population, increased life expectancy, and mass migrations have created societal and governmental challenges.
  12. Identify the reasons for new environmental consciousness and movement for sustainability.


  • self-governance
  • self-determination
  • terrorism
  • genocide
  • NATO
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • ethnic cleansing
  • global population
  • life expectancy
  • mass migrations
  • sustainability
  • developing countries
  • brain drain
  • immigration

Learning Strategies

  • Create a chart detailing the genocides that have occurred in the post-Cold War world, and compare them to genocides in the first half of the 20th century. Have students debate why governments (especially in the United States) have tended to treat some genocides differently than others.

Assessment Evidence

  • Unit Test