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Current Events Analysis and Research / Technology Project
Directions:
Part One: Research the current political, economic, and social issues in your assigned country. Type a 2
page paper that covers the basic history leading up to the current political, economic, and
social issues in your country. The report should focus on the major issues in the country. The report
needs to include an explanation of any major problems as well as an analysis of any major historical
events that led to these problems.
Government Questions
Historical Background:
Was your country ruled by another country at some point?
Did your country have a major revolution or important political event in the past?
Current Events
Is your country a Democracy?
Are there Free Elections meaning no corruption or rigged elections
Is there one political party or multiple political parties? One party means there is most likely a
dictatorship
Is there freedom of press and speech Free Independent Media?
Is there a Military Dictatorship?
Is there a Civil War in your country right now?
*Key Analysis- What do the answers to these questions tell about the country’s government?
Economy
Historical Background
Does your country have a history of strong economy or a weak economy?
Did another country take resources away from this country during imperialism?
Current Events
Is the economy stable?
Is there high Unemployment?
What is the GDP? Where does it rank with rest of world?
What is the average household make average Per Capita?
What the Major Products?
What is their industry?
Manufacturing / Tech / Service Based Economy?
*Key Analysis- What do the answers to these questions tell about the country’s economy?
Social Issues
Historical Background
Does your country have a good history involving health and educational issues?
Current Events
What is their hospital system like?
What is their life expectancy?
What is their infant mortality rate?
Major diseases?
What is their education system like?
Pupil Student expenditure, literacy rate, average amount of years in school?
*Key Analysis- What do the answers to these questions tell about the country’s key social
issues?
Outline
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for Paper
Introduction with a thesis statement
Historical Background of Government / Government and Politics Overview
Economic Background / Economy Overview
Social Issues History / Social Issues Overview
Potential Solutions
Conclusion
A Works Cited Page is Needed
* Use parenthetical citations in the report. There needs to be an MLA formatted works cited
page at the end of the report with at least 4 sources.
**Two of those sources need to be CIA World Factbook and BBC country profile**
Part Two: Use the analysis reports to create a podcast and windows movie maker presentation. This
portion of the project will be produced with a partner that has another problem in the same country. You
will need to write a detailed script. Present the main points of your report.
The podcast will be graded on the following categories:
- Length 2-3 minutes
- Introduction
- Content
Analysis of problems and history leading to these problems
- Delivery of material (creativity)
- Music Enhancements
-Visual details
- Conclusion
List of countries to choose from:
Central America
South America
Dominican Republic Colombia
Mexico
Venezuela
Guatemala
Peru
El Salvador
Ecuador
Honduras
Brazil
Nicaragua
Argentina
Cuba
Chile
Haiti
Bolivia
Northern Africa
Morocco
Algeria
Libya
Mali
Tunisia
Sudan
Egypt
Middle East
Saudi Arabia
Syria
Lebanon
Israel / Palestine
Jordan
Iraq
Yemen
Iran
Turkey
Europe
Russia
Greece
Poland
Croatia
Czech Republic
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Italy
Serbia
Ukraine
Albania
Belarus
Romania
Spain
Armenia
Iceland
Any of the other former republics of Yugoslavia
Sub Saharan Africa
Angola
Liberia
Ghana
Uganda
Somalia
Zimbabwe
Cote D’Ivoire
Sierra Leone
Democratic Republic of Congo
South Sudan
Chad
Nigeria
Kenya
Asia
Thailand
India
Cambodia
Pakistan
Vietnam
Myanmar (Burma)
Laos
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
North Korea
Malaysia
Mongolia
Indonesia
Any of the countries ending in –stan