Global Issues

It is important that professionals in the 21st century have a frame of reference that reflects an appreciation for cultures throughout the world.  This assignment allows each student to research and understand a country, its people, resources, challenges and develop a better understanding of the international system.  At varying levels, people in all countries are interconnected.  This interconnectivity is due to globalization; the integration of markets, politics, values and environmental concerns across borders. 


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This assignment has two components: a research paper and slide presentation.

Research on your assigned country should consist of five to seven pages (in a WORD document), not including the title, abstract (executive summary) and reference pages.   The entire paper should be in APA format.  The websites below will assist with understanding the APA citation format.

A minimum of five sources should be used/referenced, with one of the five, a hardback book.  Your paper should include an introduction, discussion and conclusion.  Consult the writing guide posted on D2L to assist with the written portion of this assignment.

Your analysis should include: 

Overview of the state

Official name

Population of incorporated area (demographics), religion, ethnic groups, languages

Location and geography

Educational institutions (primary, secondary and postsecondary)

Major cities

Brief history 

Structure of government and its leaders

Domestic Issues and Foreign Affairs (Policies)

Resources, 2015 GDP, economy, major exports, major imports, major industries

IGO memberships

NGO/nonstate actors impacting the state

Military strength

Advantages/Disadvantages (Strengths and Weaknesses)Human Rights issues

Health and environmental issues

What is the global issue most impacting the country? Explain and provide what could be solutions.

The most important facts about the country.

What is the country’s position in the international system?

Your subjective opinion of the country.