The Rise of Communism

Enduring Understanding:
  • The social, economic, and political influence of communism in the 20th century.
Essential Questions:
  • To what extent did ignorance play in the fall of European and Asian monarchies at the beggining of the 20th century?
  • Complete control over a country is needed to rapidly modernize, how far do you agree?
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of Communism under Stalin and Mao.
Learning outcomes:
  • Explain the fall of monarchies/dynasties in Russia and China.
  • Define communism.
  • Define capitalism.
  • Discuss the rise of communism in Russia and China.
  • Compare and contrast communism and capitalism.
  • Compare and contrast Russian communism with Chinese communism.
  • Evaluate communism and capitalism as an economic system.
  • To what extent did communism improve the lives of the ordinary Chinese and Russian?

Detailed study of the links below
Russia and the USSR

Pre-Communist China and China under Communist rule

Links to TOK: Ethics
  • IB Learner profile:
  • Thinkers: they exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

  • Non-linguistic representations-drawing paper
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Debates
  • Wiki page development
  • Quizzes
  • Class discussions

  • Wiki page development, editing, and discussion
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Quizzes
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Test-5 paragraph essay
  • China since 1900 , Josh Broman
  • GCSE Modern World History, Ben Walsh