CU Topics for Canadian and World Issues

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CU Topics for Canadian and World Issues

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Economic Issues

  • economic disparity
  • Euro currency
  • Embargoes and sanctions: how effective
  • impact of free trade (NAFTA)
  • Pacific Rim Influence on the North American economy
  • role of oil in the American economy and foreign policy
  • trade flows

Environmental Aspects of Development

  • The Sahel: the human role of desertification
  • Transportation of resources
  • The Green Revolution in India
  • Agricultural Pollution in developed or developing countries
  • Environmental Groups: Are They a Threat to Our Economic Future?
  • Wildlife Management
  • Role of United Nations in environmental aspects of development
  • Economic development and environmental preservation
  • endangered species
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • global warming
  • deforestation
  • Interdependence of ecology and economics
  • Chipko women's movement in India
  • GAIA hypothesis
  • Forest issues- clear cutting in Canada or Brazil
  • Oil extraction and Logging on Lubicon Cree Lands in Alberta
  • hydroelectric dams- their influence and disruption of ecosystems
  • alternative energy sources (wind,thermal,solar)
  • Convention on Biodiversity
  • Montreal Protocol
  • Law of the Sea
  • oversfishing
  • impact of tourism
  • fair trade co-operatives
  • organizations (Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, David Suzuki Organization)
  • desertification in Sahel region of Africa
  • water issues (exploiting, bottled water, golf courses, pollution, hydroelectric dams (ie. Three Gorges Dam)
  • environmental activism
  • non-renewable resources
  • recycling issues
  • Industrialization, Economics and Energy
  • Green Power (alternatives)
  • Sweden as a model in industrialization
  • Nuclear energy: A safe alternative
  • Nuclear waste: The former Soviet Union Dilemma
  • The role of multinational corporations in developing nations
  • Industrial pollution: developing countries
  • Alternative Energy sources for developing countries
  • Initiatives towards sustainable development in post-industrialized nations (or developing nations)
  • Impact of Colonialism on today's economy
  • role of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in analyzing patterns and systems

Quality of Life

   A clean water supply for developing nations
   Why we need a literate world
   Child Soldiers
   Children without a childhood: the issues facing children in developing countries
   The world refugee crisis
   Refugee patterns (acceptance)
   Repopulating war torn countries - the migration home
   Rural to urban migration
   medical care and issues
   literacy issues
   Organizations (Free the Children, World Vision, World Health Organization, Doctors without Borders)
   poverty issues
   human smuggling


  • globalization
  • policies dealing with refugees
  • The changing role of the UN
   Democracy: At what cost?
   Asia: the fall of the monarchy
   The USA: a nation in decline?
   Foreign Aid
   Human rights in Afghanistan
   Human rights in China
   Ultra-nationalism in Russia
   Cold War
   impact of political cartoons on society
   population issues
   impact of individuals on global issues
   impact of colonialism
   Canada's global connections
   dictatorships today and yesterday
   inequities in the distribution of resources
   Debt in developing countries
   Impact of terrorist acts
   Bioterrorism (chemical terrorism)
   The impact of the illegal drug trade on the economy of developing nations
   Tibet: A country or a region of China
   Ethnic Recognition and Independence of:
   First Nations people in North America
   Irish Catholics in Great Britain
   Basque in Spain
   Kurds in Southwest Asia
   Tamils in Sri Lanka
   Blacks in South Africa
   Palestinians in Israel
   Dinka in Sudan
   Eritreans in Ethiopia
   Serbians, Muslims and Croats in former Yugoslavia
   Sovereignty Issues
   Nunavut- the importance of self-government
   Jerusalem- a holy city for Christians, Jews and Muslims
   conflict (1991 Gulf War, Afghanistan, Iraq)
   religious conflict
   freedom fighters in India
   suicide bombers
   influence of gangs on western culture


  • The importance of the arts and music on culture
  • Effect of colonialism on native people around the world
   Condition of native people in South America
   Spread of Christianity (passive or violent)
   Spread of Islam ( passive or violent)
   Human Rights in western culture
   Women in Today's world: roles in various societies
   How television is reshaping cultures around the world
   AIDS: a global problem
   stem cell research and ethical impact
   Anti personnel land mines