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Lesson: One Country / Two Systems


Broad Social Goals of an Economy

COMPELLING QUESTION Why do politicians disagree on economic issues—isn’t there one right answer? Students work in small groups and are assigned a version of diary excerpts written by a student intern working for a policymaking legislator. Half the groups read a diary that focuses on stability, security, and equity as broad social goals. The other half read a diary that focuses on freedom, efficiency, and growth. Students determine which broad social goals are emphasized in their reading.  During a debriefing, students will discuss broad social goals and identify how trade-offs arise when a society pursues competing social goals. Finally, students choose a current social issue and develop a public policy to deal with that issue, identifying the goals they are attempting to achieve and trade-offs that might arise in terms of other worthy goals.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 05/09/2016

Economy in Transition: The Ukraine

Seven years into its life as an independent state, Ukraine seems to be lagging behind other post-Soviet countries in economic development. News stories describing living conditions and political infrastructure are indicative of an economy slow to change. Data from the World Bank help identify relationships between economic freedom and economic growth. Read news accounts and fill in the chart below to help identify a course of action for the Ukrainians.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 11/30/1998

Economic Sectors and International Development

Using poverty rate as a measure of development, students select countries five at a time to compare how resources are allocated to three economic sectors (agriculture, industrial, service). After making comparisons, students will identify patterns in which sector is emphasized by the wealthiest countries, and will look for patterns in the geographic distribution of countries.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 06/02/2004

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Teaching the Ethical Foundations of Economics

This publication contains 10 lessons that reintroduce an ethical dimension to economics in the tradition of Adam Smith, who believed ethical considerations were central to life.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2007

1 out of 12 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.

Energy, Economics, and the Environment: Case Studies and Teaching Activities for High School

This publication helps students analyze energy and environment issues from an economics perspective.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2006

1 out of 10 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.