Star Trek Curriculum Connections

Episode Name and SeriesYear

Concept

“Arena” - 1

Cold War – Danger of blindly pursuing aggression without knowing reasons

“The Return of The Archons” - 1

Danger of blindly following any belief or nonbelief.

“Space Seed” - 1

Danger of genetic engineering

"The Conscience of the King” - 1

Genocide - Done because a leader thought it proper.

"Balance of Terror" - 1  

Problem of not knowing your enemies. Having unfounded fears.

"A Taste of Armageddon" - 1

Danger of making warfare seem antiseptic.

"The City on the Edge of Forever" - 1

1930’s Great Depression in U.S.; Pacifism (What if it had carried the day in the U.S. in the 1930’s?)

"The Apple" - 2

Danger of interfering in other societies with ideas they do not want. How we can tell other countries we are their friends, while also  “beating” them down.

"The Doomsday Machine" - 2

Arms race unchecked

"The Trouble With Tribbles" - 2

International conflict through Imperialization efforts; Agriculture’s role in advancing settlement

“A Piece of The Action” - 2

Gangsters of 1920’s U.S.

“A Private Little War” - 2

Proxy War as practiced by U.S. and U.S.S.R. during “The Cold War”

“Patterns of Force” - 2

Nazi Germany. How desire to control can lead in negative directions.; Value of community action in standing up to abusive actions

“The Omega Glory” - 2

Biological Warfare consequences.

“The Ultimate Computer” - 2 

Technology taking over TOO much of society.

“The Enterprise Incident” - 3 

Espionage and cutting edge weapons technology.

“Whom Gods Destroy” - 3

Treatment of mentally ill.

“Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” - 3 

Civil Rights conflict and danger when no peace is made, and irrational discrimination is used by one group to maintain dominance over another.

“The Way To Eden” - 3

1960’s U.S. Counter-Culture.

“The Cloud Minders” - 3

Labor Policy: Inequity of treatment of manual laborers; Failure to protect those with no access to the prevailing power structure.