Political Theory - Niccolò Machiavelli

Do the words politician and moral go together? Machiavelli argues that an effective politician does not always act moral. Learners take an in-depth look at his theories about leaders by watching a video about government. To keep your historians engaged, it includes relevant examples from history and current events.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Break the class into small groups and conduct a debate about morality in government
  • Assign readings of Machiavelli's works to familiarize your students with his work
Classroom Considerations
  • While not graphic, the video does cover some topics relating to violence
Pros
  • The narrator uses intriguing language and keeps the concepts interesting for pupils
  • Includes primary sources as visuals to help scholars understand their importance
  • A variety of examples aid the learning process
Cons
  • None