Call of Duty: Modern War Crimes

Students look at the Geneva Conventions’ take on war crimes, apply them to Call of Duty games, and debate whether or not showing characters openly committing war crimes is justified.


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Lesson Plan

First, students should be familiar with the Geneva Conventions and have an understanding of what they entail. The instructor should inform students that the Geneva Conventions were a series of treaties drafted in response to the Nazi's actions during World War II and outlaw certain acts during warfare. When students are familiar with the history of the Geneva Conventions, they can be shown the provided YouTube video. Have students watch until the 5:50 mark. In the video, students will see certain war crimes that are outlawed by the Geneva Conventions being committed without punishment in Call of Duty.

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Lesson tags: Eighth, History, Ninth, Social Studies, Tenth, Video Games

Anthony Naclerio

Anthony Naclerio Tony Naclerio is a curriculum writer and experienced Science educator. Tony specializes in merging video games, music, movies, and other forms of entertainment with life science principles. Tony believes that the key to teaching science is showing how science can apply to everyday life. Science is, in its purest sense, a way to understand the world around you, and in turn, yourself.