|Exploration 2A: Limiting the devastation of war|
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IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE MODULE 1...
Students should experience the explorations of Module 1 in preparation for the rest of the curriculum. If that is not possible, the following special lesson drawn from elements of Module 1 can be used to replace the transition step 1 of Module 2.
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If class time does not permit the special lesson, another alternative might be to replace the transition step 1 of Module 2 with a 10- to 15-minute exploration of students' understanding of the terms HUMANITY and COMPASSION.
Module 2 shifts the focus to rules of behaviour that are specifically designed to protect the lives and human dignity of people affected by armed conflict.
Exploration 2A begins by having students consider photos of one specific situation: soldiers taken prisoner. Students get glimpses of the different situations in which those at risk and those in power find themselves.
A photo collage then introduces them to a variety of other war-related situations. Students explore various experiences arising from armed conflict to suggest rules needed to limit unnecessary suffering and to protect life and human dignity.
This exploration introduces the basic rules of international humanitarian law (IHL). Students examine the reasons for these rules, and compare them with rules that they suggest.
The exploration also describes the relationship between IHL and human rights law and how human rights law complements IHL in armed conflicts.