Learning Goal: I’m working on a english discussion question and need a sample draft to help me learn.
American-centricity is a Discussion assessment that encourages students to explore a country through a Congressional Research Service report.
An estimated 60-90 minutes is needed to complete this activity.
Comparing countries is always done in context. The context of ones home country, lived experience, and pre-existing assumptions about other countries matter when comparing countries.
Assuming we have some degree of American-centricity when thinking about comparative politics and analyzing countries, it can be useful to see how this American-centricity is framed for the nations legislative body: The United States Congress.
- Go to
- Find a CRS report about a country that you are interested in learning more about
- Please select a different country from Discussion – 04 Explore a Country
- Read through the CRS report you selected
- Summarize the report in 5 or more sentences
- In your reply to a peer, be sure to include a link to the CIA World Factbooks page for your peers specific Country
- In 3 or more sentences, share how the report or report summary relates to one of the 10 topics:
- People and Society
- Energy (depends)
- Military and Security
- Terrorism (depends)
- Transnational Issues