Teaching "Imperialism" with Lutinus

Briana Wilson
March 17, 2015

Intended Class To Be Utilized For

Introductory history classes

Concept to Be Taught


Purpose of Lesson

By utilizing an international film Lutinus (2011) [6:06], students are introduced to the concept of imperialism.

Lesson Plan

  1. Screen Lutins

  2. Discuss how Lutins represents the idea of imperialism.

      For example, the students should be able to gather that the woman in the film represents an imperialist country taking over another country (the Lutins' house) for one reason or another.

  3. Spark discussion by presenting the following quotes to the students in the class

    • "We could not leave them to themselves - they were unfit for government - and they would soon have anarchy and misrule over there worse than Spain was… there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them." — William McKinley

    • "Whether we will it or not, we must now look outward. The growing production of the country demands it." — Albert T. Mahan

  4. Ask the students, "From what you already know and based on the short film we watched, which quote do you believe holds the most truth in relation to the causes of imperialism?" Have them write down their answers.

  5. Discuss the answers given. If not mentioned by students, specifically mention Rudyard Kipling's "The White Man's Burden."

    • This is the idea that white men have an alleged duty to care for those indigenous and nonwhite peoples throughout the world which warrants imperialism, causing it to be seen as a necessity and a duty to help those indigenous peoples.

    • After the discussion, the class should be able to understand the basic concept of imperialism and comprehend a few of the causes behind it, whether it be economic or to educate and liberate through the White Man's Burden.

Click on the image to watch Lutinus