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By Susanna Pierce
This capstone unit in an AP Macroeconomics course pushes students to critically apply the economic skills gained from the semester into practice. As representatives of an NGO, students create a proposal for the World Bank that demonstrates why their development project will stimulate economic growth in their assigned region of the world; ultimately, students will strive to convince the members to subsidize the implementation of this specific project.
In the four-week unit, students will discover the strategies of economic development. First, they will be exposed to shocking statistics and economic indicators that reveal the gravity of poverty worldwide. These numbers will help explain the pivotal role the developed world has in uniting to combat against global hunger. Next, economic case studies will teach them how investments in human and/or physical capital facilitate economic development. As they analyze the societal, economical, and political benefits of specific projects aimed at improving healthcare, education, agricultural production, infrastructure, and the environment, they will see the purpose of non-governmental agencies. Ultimately, the readings, investigations, country case studies, and structured discussions will equip the students with the skills to address the barriers that hinder economic development in the developing world. In effect, students will see their roles as Global Leaders to advocate for global cooperation in the upcoming generation.
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