Unit 4 – Global Inequalities

1) Of all the global inequalities you read about, which do you think is the biggest problem for the world?

I think the biggest problem in the world today are lack of education. I think lack of education is the main issue that brings even more issues in the world. For example, from my infographic I found that without education, people aren’t literate. When people aren’t literate, they are more less likely to educate their children and earn more money and increase their chance of getting HIV AIDS. Also, without education, people can’t find jobs. Without occupation, many of their opportunities, for example, to earn more income, to get a better living environment will be gone.

2) Is inequality inevitable?

Yes, I believe inequality is inevitable. No one wil be equal in this world. I think people are greedy, some are content with what they have, but most of the time they aren’t. People will strive to get or earn what they want, in every way possible, even if they have to use people to reach their goal. Some people will have more opportunities than other, which will all lead to inequality which will never be

3) Self-assess your infographic

My infographic is on Literacy Rates in the Middle East and Africa. I think I did well on presenting my information in a clear and understandable manner. Most of the things on my infographic are visual, not text. The information on the infographic are accurate and up to date. However an area of improvement could be to go into more detail about the causes of literacy rates in the Middle East and Africa, rather than listing out the causes.

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Unit 3 – Conflicts

1. What did you learn about CONFLICTS?

Our second unit in this academic year focuses on Conflicts, more specifically, conflicts from around the world. In this unit I learned that many wars usually comes from some type of conflict between two sides. Sometimes it can be from the same country, sometimes from other countries or many countries who collaborated or work together. I learned more about other wars from history, especially the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939, which I presented an expert talk on. I became more of an knowledgeable student about world events and wars.

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2. How have you improved your INVESTIGATION skills since the first unit?

I still followed the same format I used last unit for my research journal; Google Docs. Therefore I think I did not improve much in regards to investigation skills. However the Spanish Civil War is quite complicated compared to the research I had done about North Korea in the last unit. I have not found any websites of sources that explains exactly the relationship and connection King Alphonso the 13th had to the causes of the civil war. Because of that I think I have improved on connecting facts and information together rather than my investigation skills.

3. What questions do you still have about conflicts of the 20th century?

Things I still want to know more about conflicts of the 20th century are:

  • Why were there no civil wars in Thailand?
  • Was there any countries that are not involved in any conflicts or wars in the 20th century in any way?

Unit 2 – Political Systems

1. What did you learn about the key concepts of SYSTEMS?

Our first assignment of this academic year is to investigate into a system, of which I chose to investigate about the EMS postal service of Thailand. In this unit, I have definitely expanded my knowledge of systems and have a clearer idea of what it is like, and learned more about how systems keeps a working process organised.

For my two products for this unit I chose to create a poster on the question “How does communism affects the lives of people in North Korea today?” accessed on the criteria B, C2 and D, and a factsheet on the question “What happened during the second Red Scare? (1947–1957)” graded on criteria C1 and D. Through both assignments I felt I have learned more about political systems at places other than Thailand.

My poster on North Korea Communism:
 My factsheet on the second Red Scare:
2. What did you think about the self-directed “open inquiry” research project?
I personally love the self-directed open inquiry research project. I have always wished we could be given more option to be in charge of assignments in class. I like how everything from the research question, product type and grading methods are not restricted or limited. The majority of assignments in other subjects, we were always given a list of options to choose from, or always been told what to do. This unit is different from that, as we do not have as much limitation. I personally like to have a lot of options, because I can choose what I am truly interested in and will enjoy doing.
From what I think, the downside to this type of research project could be when we take tests or quizzes. Not everyone will be focusing on the same type of ideology or event, which can become a problem.

3. Why is learning about political ideologies important?

Learning about political ideologies is important because political ideologies is what controls and sets the political, economic, social and cultural aspects within the majority of people in a society. We are also an example of a group of people who is effected and is under a political ideology, in this case constitutional monarchy. It is important to know and learn about what is effecting us, and others around us. Learning about political ideologies allows us to know about current and past events in the country. By being aware of the ideology and important events can help explain to people at a young age as to why certain things the way they are today.

Unit 1 – Systems Investigation

  • What did you learn about the key concept of systems?

Through this assignment I’ve learned more about many important systems that we use in our daily life, and ones that I’ve never thought of before, such as, classifying beer types or the Indian Caste system. My topic for this assignment is Thailand’s EMS (Express Mail Service). Through the research and creating process of this assignment, it has showed me how difficult and complex a system can be, even though it may look simple from the outside. I never knew EMS service in Thailand would require so much steps. And what is more surprising is that these complicated steps is actually performed within less than 36 hours, in order to deliver the package/item within the next day.

  • What did you learn about investigation skills?

In this assignment I do think we used a lot of different sources. I learned how to use different sources that isn’t just websites/internet. I interviewed people, and used images to complete my investigation/research. I think trying out new sources or experimenting with sources I’ve never tried before can even be better than using websites/internet sometimes. And once in a while, sometimes the internet can’t give you the exact answer to your question. Using primary sources/contemporary accounts like interviews can  also be an excellent source for your information.

  • How can you connect what you learned in this assignment outside of your classroom?

I think one of the things I can definitely use outside Humanities class or even school is the research/investigation skills I mentioned earlier above. I can use this knowledge I just learned in my daily life when I have questions that I can’t find an answer to. I can depend on people or things around me, rather than using the internet, which can be doubtful on reliability sometimes. I can also suggest this approaches to learning process to others, so that they can have more options to choose from when they choose their sources for their research/assignment.

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