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revised 16 Sep '12, merit badge day; by Jeremy Lewis.

Citizenship in the World
BSA Supply No. 33260 

"Citizenship In The World" 

Merit Badge Session 

Boy Scouts of America:

Lecture and Discussion Agenda

Citizenship in the World, Badge
from Boy Scouts of America
Feasible in class: 0900 1. good world citizen | 2. citizen in the US | 6c. passport |
1000 3. foreign country | 1100-1110 recess  | 7c. visit scout
1200 lunch | 1300 4a. international law | 4c. organizations |
5a. constitutions | 5b. types of governments | 5c. world map |
1400 6a. represented abroad | 6b. Roles |
Homework only (links provided): 4b. newspaper issue | 7a & b. Web sites | 7d & e. Events

Introduction to the Counselor

Selected Requirements for the Classroom

1. [in class] Explain what citizenship in the world means to you and what you think it takes to be a good world citizen.

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2. [in class] Explain how one becomes a citizen in the United States, and explain the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizenship. Discuss the similarities and differences between the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizens and the citizens of two other countries. TOP of page
3. Do the following:
a. [feasible in class] Pick a current world event. In relation to this current event, discuss with your counselor how a country's national interest and its relationship with other countries might affect areas such as its security, its economy, its values, and the health of its citizens. b. [in class] Select a foreign country and discuss with your counselor how its geography, natural resources, and climate influence its economy and its global partnerships with other countries.
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4. Do TWO of the following:

a. [may be done in class] Explain international law and how it differs from national law. Explain the role of international law and how international law can be used as a tool for conflict resolution. b. [homework] Using resources such as major daily newspapers, the Internet (with your parent's permission), and news magazines, observe a current issue that involves international trade, foreign exchange, balance of payments, tariffs, and free trade. Explain what you have learned. Include in your discussion an explanation of why countries must cooperate in order for world trade and global competition to thrive. [discussion of an international issue may be held in class] c. [feasible in class] Select TWO of the following organizations and describe their role in the world.
1. The United Nations
2. The World Court (International Court of Justice in the Hague, separate from the International Criminal Court) [Wkpda]
3. World Organization of the Scout Movement
4. The World Health Organization
5. Amnesty International
6. The International Committee of the Red Cross
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5. [feasible in class] Do the following:
a. Discuss the differences between constitutional and non-constitutional governments.
How do constitutions lay down the relations among political institutions?
Does a constitution have to be written all in one document?
Does a constitution have to be fixed forever?
Can a constitution be dissolved?
b. Name at least five different types of governments currently in power in the world.
Aristotle distinguished among rule by one, a few and many -- and each could work well or badly
Monarchy or autocracy (or tyranny) | oligarchy | democracy (or mob anarchy)
Some states are failed states -- they never develop a constitution
Authoritarian versus totalitarian regimes
Communist versus free market regimes
liberal democratic versus social democratic regimes
c. Show on a world map [MAPS] countries that use each of these five different forms of government.
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6. [feasible in class] Do the following:

a. Explain how a government is represented abroad and how the United States government is accredited to international organizations. b. [in class] Describe the roles of the following in the conduct of foreign relations.
1. Ambassador
2. Consul
3. Bureau of International Information Programs, US Dept of State [Wkpd]
4. Agency for International Development [Wkpd]
5. US and Foreign Commercial Service, Int. Trade Agency, US Dept. of Commerce [Wkpd]
c. [in class] Explain the purpose of a passport and visa for international travel.
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7. Do TWO of the following (with your parent's permission) and share with your counselor what you have learned:
a. [homework] Visit the Web site of the U.S. State Department. Learn more about an issue you find interesting that is discussed on this Web site.
b. [homework] Visit the Web site of an international news organization or foreign government, OR examine a foreign newspaper available at your local library, bookstore, or newsstand. Find a news story about a human right realized in the United States that is not recognized in another country. c. [in class] Visitwith a student or Scout from another country and discuss the typical values, holidays, ethnic foods, and traditions practiced or enjoyed there. d. [homework] Attend a world Scout jamboree.
e. [homework] Participate in or attend an international event in your area, such as an ethnic festival, concert, or play.
  • See Alabama World Affairs Council website: www.AWAC.US
  • Model United Nations links
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