• 6-week
  • Course
World Issues

This course exposes students to at least five critical world issues presently confronting the global community, examining them from multiple perspectives and investigating how each issue impacts the peoples of different regions, nations, and socio-economic backgrounds. Potential topics include climate change, international human rights, cyberwarfare and cybersecurity, pandemic threats, world hunger, etc. A variety of media sources (newspapers, magazines, social media posts, video) serve as the source material for this in-depth study of the current state of affairs around the world. Careful reading and research skills are emphasized, and students write weekly essays on important topics covered in the course.

Note: Open to students who will have completed the U.S. equivalent of grades 9, 10, or 11 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 5
  • Choate Diploma Credit
  • High School

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