002 - Nuclear Weapons and the Cold War

Debatable Question

How important were nuclear weapons on the emergence of a new world order during the Cold War?

Taken From: http://img.timeinc.net/time/magazine/archive/covers/1985/1101850603_400.jpg

Key Terminology

  • Globalism
  • Expansionism
  • Unilateralism
Define the words above using the links below and your own knowledge from your Individuals and Societies lessons.

Links



Activity One - Watch and Make Notes

Make notes on Crash Course History Cold War. To help you with note taking divide an A3 page in to five equal sections and put the following headings at the top of each section:

          • Who - were the key characters in this arena of conflict?
          • When - did the major events take place? What were they?
          • How - did the major events take place? Summary of events.
          • Why - did the events take place?
          • What - was the impact of the events?

Crash Course History - Cold War




Activity Two - Historical Account

Using the textbook 'Edexcel GCE History. A world Divided: Superpower Relations 1944-1990' and the links below answer the following questions:

  1. What were the causes of the arms race develop between the USA and the USSR?
  2. Describe the bombs and delivery systems being devised during the Cold War.
  3. What was the Cuban Missile Crisis?
  4. How does the Cuban Missile Crisis illustrate the potential danger of superpower conflict during a nuclear age?
  5. What impact did the arms race have on the nature of the Cold War?

Resources

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Activity Three - Case Study

Yes. Prime Minister


Today, the ownership of nuclear weapons remains a politically contentious issue. It is your task to develop a case study of nuclear weapons in a country of your choice. 

Taken From: http://www.political-economy.net/map-nuclear-world.gif


What is a Case Study?

A case study is used to illustrate a thesis statement or principle. In this case you are going to explain why a country needs to have the procurement of nuclear weapons. Your case study needs to include the following elements:
  1. Reasons why the country has nuclear weapons.
  2. History of nuclear development within the country.
  3. Cost of nuclear weapons.
  4. Impact of having nuclear weapons. Remember impact includes the positive and negative factors.

Assessment - How will you be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Criterion A: Knowing and Understanding

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.


Criterion 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.


Criterion 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

iv.  identifies different perspectives and minimal implications


3–4

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

ii.  summarises information to make arguments

iv.  identifies different perspectives and minimal implications


5–6

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

ii.  synthesizes information to make valid arguments

iv.  interprets different perspectives and their limitations.



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

iv. thoroughly interprets a range of different perspectives and their implications.


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