In class we looked at video of Iraqi camera men getting shot by US military officials. We had a variety of interesting responses. What I want to do then is continue to look at this idea. We will look at how warfare is changing in the modernday and look at some of the challenges that you will be facing as future leaders. Since war is currently taking place in Iraq and Afghanistan (be aware there are plenty of other small wars going on around the globe) this will be a good place to start. As a peace and loving community we will need to look at the other side of the story in the perspective through the soldier. Please keep your mind open to this situation and do not be afraid to ask questions hard questions. After this introduction we can decide as a class where we will go from here.

Day One-- Understanding the Soldiers Point Of View

Watch the movie "The Hurt Locker." While watching ask these questions to yourself. Each student will need to put an individual response on the discussion tab above for each question by the beginning of school (8:00 am) May 27th, 2010. Make sure and take notes while you watch the movie.

Do civilians have to die in war(s)?
What is the role of a soldier during peace time? During war time?
Should there be standardized ethics of war? If so what should they be? How can the international community guaranteed that those ethics are followed?
Is war a necessary?

Day Two-- Rules of War Part 1: The Outsourcing of Private Armies

I. Finish "The Hurt Locker".
II.Discuss Essential Questions:
Do civilians have to die in war(s)?
What is the role of a soldier during peace time? During war time?
Should there be standardized ethics of war? If so what should they be? How can the international community guaranteed that those ethics are followed?

III. Black Water and Private Armies
Essential Questions:
What is the purpose of Black Water and other "military outsourcing?"
What are the benefits and cost of these hired armies?
What ideas or concerns does this knowledge bring to you?

Intro to Blackwater--
Liberal Perspective:
Blackwater Perspective:

Read Outsourcing War by P.W. Singer from Foreign Affairs-- Quiz will be given on May 27th.

Be ready to discuss what you have learned when Mr. Spivey gets back. I want to be inspired. You will need to make sure and cite your ideas when we get in our discussion. We will also discuss the presentations when I get back.

Day 3-- Rules of War Part II: Torture

I. Presentation Grade Survey-

II. Discuss "The Hurt Locker" and Outsourcing

III. Quiz

IV. Lesson-- Torturing

1. S. Korean Heroes Scenario:

You are part of the ROC military and your job is to interrogate enemies of the state. The information you receive has help stop a number of plots against the citizens of Korea. The following article was just released about your latest work and you can't stop reading about your successes so might as well read it just one more time: . You have saved Korea once again. Now the questions becomes:

A) How did you get your information?
B) Do you know if what they said is true?
C) At what extreme would you go to protecting your friends, family and fellow countrymen?

2. The Question of Torturing
-What is torturing? Defined
-Water Boarding: Does pouring water onto someones face equate to torture?

3. Military Training on Torturing (Lesson plan ideas were taken from Human Rights First)

A) Challenge-- You have just bee brought two North Korean spies that have been suspected of planting a nuclear weapon somewhere in Seoul. The bomb is expected to explode with the next 15 to 45 minutes. How would you deal with this situation?

B) Look over excerpts from the Geneva Convention:
C) Groups will each get a scenario in which they will first conduct on their own. Packet--
D) Watch Video:
E) Each group will get another scenario.
F) You will then report your finding on each scenario and act them out.


1. Questions-- What makes good people go wrong? (Think about these ideas on the context of war.)

2. Write a response to this video individually.
3. Challenge-- As a class (or in groups) comment on the Philip Zimbardo discussion area. Lets make it quality and full of thought. Will you accept?

Day 4 Rules of War Part III: To be invaded

Osama Bin Laden is expected to be hiding in Afghanistan

I. Background Information--
What do you know about the Afghanistan War?
Is the United States justified in invading the country? Why or why not?
Has the war been successful?

II. Going Against Conventional Wisdom-- Rethinking the Afghanistan War

"Rethink Afghanistan is a ground-breaking, full-length documentary focusing on the key issues surrounding this war. By releasing this film in parts for free online, we are able to stay on top of news of the war as it continues to unfold. We hope to raise critical questions regarding Afghanistan that Congress must address in oversight hearings, which inform the public and challenge policymakers. We strive for more discussion among experts on Afghanistan released in conjunction with our documentary campaign. " -- Rethinking Afghanistan

III. The Cost of War on Korean Society

Now that we have looked at a number of factors revolving around modern warfare, I want to know what is going on in your brilliant minds that will lead us in the future. The reason behind looking at this question is that a) Korea supports the United States militarily, b) with new tensions arising between North and South Korea due to the potential boat attack, c) the forced military service of young men, d) country is still at war e) the game industry capitalizing on war games such as "Sudden Attack" and "Call of Duty" series, especially in S. Korea and e) the current climate of wars sophistication and the new problems it will bring at a global scale. The questions I want you to explore is, "What is the Cost of War?" Why I want us to explore this issue is that we, societies in the 21st century, seem to simply accept actions of war to the point of becoming numb. I remember reading the book "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury in high school. He stated that one day as a society we would not only become numb to violence but also crave it. Are we there? We we need war, death and destruction as human beings? My answer is I don't know. Therefore lets take a critical look at what the reality of what the "Cost of War" on all forms is on the Korean Society? To help us start off, here is a video on the cost of war of the Afghanistan War. from the series of videos we just watched. I will not force us to watch it unless desire to.

So here is the challenge, so some how, show me what you see as the cost of war. I don't care if you do this by yourself or in a group. You must pick a tool in which you will construct your ideas and share them with us during class May 14th, 2010. That is a total of four classes in which you can create whatever you want. Let me know a) work alone or with a partner(s), b) what median will use to create your ideas and c) what your goal is for this project.

Names in Group
Median/Tool(s) Being Used
Topic Theme
Da Bin
Persuasive Essay / Research Paper
Psychology behind war: how did the wars (all over the world) change psychology and view or Koreans?
how do male students respond to modern warfare, military duty in Korea?
War influence on artists: their work, their inspiration, and their duty after Korean War
Heejeong, Phillip
Keynote or Video
Korean students' responds to war (relations with north korea, military duty)
or (Koreans interaction with the war/ effect )
Why might the South and North Korea need to unify?
Lindsay, Eunsoo, Sun, Wonjin
Keynote and video
How do citizens in North and South Korean approach Korean War that could possibly occur in the future?

Power point
Why is it important to join the military?
Presentation or video (?)
How does war & the military affect women?