Fall; Grades 11–12
May be taken as a history/social science or literature elective
May be taken as a history and social science elective or as a literature elective
This course begins with understanding the fundamentals of communist and socialist philosophies that lay the foundation for the communist and cultural revolutions of China and Cuba. Students subsequently take deep dives into the revolutions of these two countries, studying the history, literature, art, and societies of these unique cultures whose social upheavals still reverberate deeply in the world in which we live. Ultimately, students question whether revolutions are an effective means of social change or whether they reproduce the problems of the past in new forms. Required books are a mixture of historical and literary texts.