• 6-week
  • Course
Contemporary Issues

Note: Students choose either block 3 or 5

This course introduces students to major contemporary issues facing the U.S. and the world, as it helps students develop fundamental research, writing, and public speaking skills. The course typically focuses on three major issues, utilizing a range of materials and providing historical context and a variety of perspectives on each issue. Sample topics include: nuclear proliferation, the Israel-Palestine conflict, modern Cuba, the Syrian refugee crisis, and climate change. This course will pay particular attention to the development of critical writing, reading, note-taking, and research skills.

Note: Open to students who will have completed the U.S. equivalent of grades 8 or 9 by the start of Summer Programs. Matriculating and current Choate students who wish to take the course to fulfill the diploma requirement in contemporary global studies must first obtain permission from the academic year History, Philosophy, Religion, and Social Sciences department head as part of the application process for Summer Programs, and must then comply with all attendance and course expectations. The department head will determine final eligibility for diploma credit based upon the student’s successful completion of the course.


  • 6-week
  • Block 3
  • Block 5
  • Choate Diploma Credit
  • High School

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