002 - Nation States and historical hegemons of power

Factual Question

What factors are needed to be a Nation State?
What events separated state from religion?
What is a hegemony of power?

Debatable Question

To what extent is having a strong military force the primary factor in developing a hegemony of power?




Activity One - Define

  1. What factors define a Nation State?
  2. What is the difference between a sovereign state and those who are part of a global state system?

Useful Resources




Activity Two - Watch

  • As you watch the Youtube clip below answer the following questions (there is also a website link that will help you):
      1. What factors made the Holy Roman Empire so strong?
      2. Why did the 30 years war occur?
      3. How did the 30 years war end?
      4. Why is the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 a crucial date for defining Nation States?

Crash Course World History - Charles V and the Holy Roman Empire

Useful Resource



Activity Three - Exploration of Hegemons
  1. Define the term hegemony?
  2. In teams of approximately 4 you will investigate why the following Empires became powerful and had influence over others. Record you answers on the flip chart paper given to you along with examples of the power and influence. We will discuss your answers as a group to identify the commonalities and differences between them.

We are exploring the ideas of power as these characteristics form the basis of our greatest superpowers of today.

Useful Resource

Crash Course History - British Empire


Example Five - American Empire

How America became a Superpower.

How powerful is the USA?





Activity Three - Write

  • Using the examples from the whole group discussions and your own research answer the following question as an extended piece of writing.
To what extent is having a strong military force the primary factor in developing a hegemony of power?


Content

      • What is a hegemony?
      • How has military force made countries/empires strong? Give evidence from the presentations
      • Where there any other factors which made countries/empires strong? Evidence

Presentation

      • Approximately 1000 words
      • Introduction, main body and a clear conclusion
      • Size 12 font
      • Bibliography
      • Use mindmeister to plan your essay.
      • Must be printed off

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Criteria A

Achievement level

Level descriptor

0

The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below.


1–2

i.   uses limited relevant terminology

ii.  demonstrates basic knowledge and understanding of content and concepts with minimal descriptions and/or examples.


3–4

i.   uses some terminology accurately and appropriately

ii.  demonstrates adequate knowledge and understanding of content and concepts through satisfactory descriptions, explanations and examples.


5–6

i.   uses a range of terminology accurately and appropriately

ii.  demonstrates substantial knowledge and understanding of content and concepts through accurate descriptions, explanations and examples.


7–8

i.   consistently uses a wide range of terminology effectively

ii.  demonstrates detailed knowledge and understanding of content and concepts through thorough, accurate descriptions, explanations and examples.


Criteria C - Communicating

Achievement level

Level descriptor

0

The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below.


1–2

i.   communicates information and ideas in a limited way, using a style that is limited  in its appropriateness to the audience and purpose

ii.  structures information and ideas according to the specific format in a limited way

iii. documents sources of information in a limited way.


3–4

i.   communicates information and ideas satisfactorily by using a style that is somewhat appropriate to the audience and purpose

ii.  structures information and ideas in a way that is somewhat appropriate to the specified format

iii. sometimes documents sources of information using a recognized convention


5–6

i.   communicates information and ideas accurately by using a style that is mostly appropriate to the audience and purpose

ii.  structures information and ideas in a way that is mostly appropriate to the specified format

iii. often documents sources of information using a recognized convention


7–8

i.   communicates information and ideas effectively and accurately by using a style that is completely appropriate to the audience and purpose

ii.  structures information and ideas in a way that is completely appropriate to the specified format

iii. consistently documents sources of information using a recognized convention.


Criteria D - Thinking Critically

Achievement level

Level descriptor

0

The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below.


1–2

i.   analyses concepts, issues, models, visual representation and/or theories to a limited extent

ii.  summarises information to a limited extent to make arguments


3–4

i.   analyses concepts, issues, models, visual representation and/or theories

ii.  summarises information to make arguments


5–6

i.   discusses concepts, issues, models, visual representation and/or theories

ii.  synthesizes information to make valid arguments



7–8

i.   completes a detailed discussion of concepts, issues, models, visual representation and/or

    theories

ii.   synthesizes information to make valid, well-supported arguments


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