Objective: Diamond's work is in part a reaction to alternative theories of development. Understanding other theories of development can help students place a greater context around Diamond's work and the arguments that he is making. The objective of this lesson is to introduce students to theories of development.
1) Homework: Have students write a paper detailing a theory of development that is different from Diamond's approach to the unequal distribution of wealth and power (such as biological theories).
Research with students various explanations for the unequal distribution of power and wealth. Discuss with them major theorists and ideas in the area of human development.
Have students write up their own theory on why some societies were able to conquer and exploit other groups.
Stage a debate in which students consider the evidence for one or more theories of human development.
Objective: In this work, Diamond tries to explain the inequalities that...
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