War and Human Nature: Crash Course World History 204

Is aggression part of human nature? What about warfare? Crash Course World History takes high schoolers through the anthropological perspective of war, as well as the philosophical and biological points of view, and explores whether or not warfare is inevitable among humans.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Engage learners in a debate about their opinions on the subject of the biological component of war, prompting thoughtful questions and active listening
  • Pair with a unit on novels such as The Things They Carried, All Quiet on the Western Front, or Catch 22
Classroom Considerations

  • Comment section is open to the public 
  • References the acquisition of women as part of war; depending on the maturity level of your class and their ability to discuss sensitive topics, you may want to clarify this statement
  • Part of a larger series of videos on universal themes and questions throughout world history
Pros

  • Interesting and engaging way to explore a dark topic
  • Provides multiple points of view on the question at hand
Cons

  • None