Welcome to the International Relations Council’s Global Education Resources! The purpose of these pages is to provide interactive activities for teachers to use in their classrooms to enhance global understanding and provide introductory materials on international relations. These activities are fitted as closely as possible to the Kansas and Missouri social studies learning standards for K-12.

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U.S. – China Trade Relations Simulation

This simulation was developed with support from the KU Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and as part of the resources designed within the KU Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS). It is designed as a scaffolded classroom assignment where the students can learn about what’s going on in the Trade War and also reflect on theoretical concepts about trade and investment politics. It is both a teaching tool and also a lab experiment to capture how ideological divides play out in domestic politics and international bargaining in the US-China trade war. The simulation has been successfully implemented at KU, UCSD, Princeton, Arkansas, and UBC.

It is important to keep in mind that the Global Education Resources should serve as a starting point for your global education. This is not an all-encompassing list of activities; instead, it provides you and other students with enough information and resources to begin learning about the world. As an apolitical, nonpartisan organization, the International Relations Council does not endorse any of the organizations, associations, universities, bodies or websites cited in this guide.

Standard 1: Choices and Consequences

Students should be able to identify the choices made by individuals, communities, states, and nations, the context under which they were made, and their subsequent consequences and be able to connect them to contemporary issues.

Standard 2: Rights and Responsibilities

Students should be able to recognize, evaluate, and define rights and responsibilities of people living in societies, show they are aware of their various interpretations, and be able to draw conclusions and link them to contemporary issues.

Standard 3: Culture, Values, & Diversity

Students should to able to identify, analyze, and understand how different cultures, beliefs, and values impact their society.

Standard 4: Changes and Continuity

Students should to recognize and evaluate changes over time and connect them to contemporary issues and be able to analyze their impact on modern society.

Standard 5: Dynamic Relationships

Students should to able to recognize and evaluate dynamic relationships within communities, states, and nations and among people, places, ideas and/or environment that impact our society and be able to connect them to contemporary issues.

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