A History of Student Protests

A History of Student Protests


About this course

Recommended Ages: 13-17

Start Date: October 4, 2022. Class consists of 6 lesson plans. Students have 2 weeks after the last lesson is posted to complete the course. No live classes — complete the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.

Price: $90

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In A History of Student Protests we will be studying student movements over the last thousand years. Starting with the earliest medieval universities in Europe and moving to the twenty-first century, this class will be looking at a variety of protests from around the world. Often, important protests sprang up out of the world’s universities and colleges, and students played critical roles in affecting major changes to their governments, communities, and planet. Join us as we take a look student protests from Iran to Mexico!


Week 1 – Early Student Revolts
The class begins in some of the earliest medieval universities. We will be looking at some of the earliest forms of student resistance to authority. While much of their “resistance” consisted of rambunctious and wealthy young men terrorizing the local townsfolk, the first instances of student uprisings laid a framework for later youths to follow. This week begins in the 1100s CE and moves through the Renaissance and into the Modern Era.

Week 2 – The Rise of the Modern Student Movement and WWI
In the 1800s, especially around the times of the revolts in 1848, student movements began changing into their modern form. Protests to initiate change in communities and nations became increasingly more popular, and they were often led by university students and other youths. When World War I started, university students used what they learned during the modernization of youth revolts of the 1800s and applied it to one of the first truly global conflicts. 

Week 3 – World War II and the Beginning of the Cold War
War rocked the world again in the 1930s and 40s, and students continued to protest. War, fascism, and imperialism were critical aspects of the student revolts; and the Cold War led to warfare being fought in a different way. As proxy wars were fought and democratically elected governments were overthrown, students found new avenues of protest.

Week 4 – The 1960s
The 1960s were one of the most critical periods for student resistance. In countries around the world, students began revolting against wars and foreign interference in politics. Peace, civil rights, and fair elections became the focus of one of the most widespread times for student resistance.

Week 5 – The 1970s
In many ways, the protests of the 1970s stemmed directly from the civil and human rights protests of the 1960s. The Cold War continued and so did the interference of superpowers in “third-world” countries around the world. In the United States, feminists and marginalized minority groups built upon the foundations laid by the Civil Rights Movement to achieve civil rights victories of their own. Elsewhere, student revolutions against tyrannical governments flourished.

Week 6 – Recent Student Movements
The final week of the course starts in the 1980s and leads up into the twenty-first century. As the massive wave of movements in the 1960s and 70s began to die down, students around the world led their own protests for a variety of different causes. With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the world radically changed and, as a result, so too did student movements.

This is an academically advanced class, and not recommended for most children under 13 (but we trust that you know your child’s abilities better than we do!). There is one level for this class.

LESSON PLANS: This is a 6 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.

Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.

DISCUSSION: There are weekly discussions about the lesson plan with the instructor. We also offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!

ASSIGNMENTS: Material is the same for both levels, it’s the depth of the assignments that is the main difference. Most weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.

QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.

GRADES: All students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion boards, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. You have the option of having your student’s assignments graded or not. In a given semester, you choose whether you want all or none of that student’s classes to receive grades (for example, if they are taking 3 classes, all 3 classes must be either graded or not graded). You can change the option the following semester. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their assignments in addition to feedback. They will also receive a final report card that you can print and keep for your records. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.

TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).


Our course begins with the first step for generating great user experiences: understanding what people do, think, say, and feel. In this module, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind while learning.

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