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A History of Student Protests

Student Protests

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!

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!).

No live classesview lessons on YOUR schedule. In general, expect 1.5-2.5 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). For classes with two levels, the material is the same for boththe depth of the assignments differs. Younger students should usually be placed in Level 1. Older students, or younger students who want more of a challenge, should be placed in Level 2.

Each lesson consists of a fully narrated PowerPoint presentation with images and videos to enhance the topics. Students will have access to our learning management system, Canvas, for viewing their lesson, printing worksheets, taking quizzes, viewing/submitting assignments, participating in discussions, and viewing grades/feedback. Read more details about class format. 

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.

Next Level Homeschool is a firm believer that not all learning should happen from behind a screen! That's why we give students the freedom to submit their assignments in the way THEY want to! We don't want regurgitation learning here. By allowing students to use their own talents, skills, and passions to complete assignments, they become even more engaged and retain the information. Why? Because now it's literally in their hands! We receive thousands of projects every year from our students: written reports, videos, models, posters, Scratch, Minecraft, Roblox, songs, poems, skits, drawings, sculptures, craftswe've seen it ALL! And WE LOVE IT!! 

Click here to view just a few projects we've received from students who have taken this class and see what YOUR kid could be learning with Next Level Homeschool!

Course Features

  • Schedule TBD
  • Activities History
  • Lessons 6
  • Suggested Ages 13-17 One Level