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Comparative Analysis

You have just successfully completed a public policy analysis of a major policy that was enacted during a period of global history to deal with a particular social problem. If you are a student in New York State, you will be taking a Regents examination at the end of this two-year course. Often these exams test your ability to compare themes, concepts and issues in more than one historical period. This step of the Global History Public Policy Analyst is designed to help you to practice those comparative analytical skills.

Think about the analysis that you just completed. You began by identifying a major public policy enacted during a specific historical period involving a particular country, region or empire. Then, you identified the particular social problem that the policy sought to address. Next, you related the social problem to at least one of the themes from your state curriculum. Have other policies similar to the one you analyzed been enacted at other times and in other places in global history? For example, wars, treaties, and revolutions can be found throughout history. Has the social problem that you studied taken place elsewhere and resulted in major policy decisions? Indeed, nations all face similar social problems at various points in their history and deal with them through a variety of policy solutions. Using the Topics for Developing Global History Social Problems to help you identify a similar social problem. Finally, consider the themes related to your social problem. Do these broad themes apply to somewhat similar social problems and policies in other periods of global history?

You should now have in mind an example that you can use to do your comparative analysis. The analysis that you just completed should involve either a different historical period or a different country or region. The new example should involve either a similar public policy, similar social problems, or the same themes.

Worksheet5: "Comparative Analysis"(HTML Version)
Worksheet5: "Comparative Analysis"(MSWORD Version)