- In this course students will analyze, evaluate, and compare the contributing factors of the peoples, cultures, and empires that lead to their creation, rise to power, ultimate decline, and enduring historical legacy. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to think analytically and systematically about how past interactions of people, cultures, and the environment affect issues across time and cultures. Such knowledge and skills enable students to make informed decisions as socially and ethically responsible world citizens in the 21st century.
Questions this course will investigate are:
- How does geography impact the histories of people and cultures?
- Can historical patterns be observed over time?
- What impact did modernization have on people and cultures around the world?
- What role did religion play in the lives of people and what impact religion had on the emergence of empires and civilizations?
Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
- Complete written assignments, as determined by the teacher, to reinforce skills and concepts explained during class.
- Construct timelines of the events occurring during major eras.
- Understand the multi-cultural components to world culture
- Understand the ways in which individuals and groups contributed to changes in social conditions
- Recognize various cultural groups such as European, Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and indigenous.
- Compare and contrast diverse world cultures in order to identify, comprehend, and appreciate the contributions of various cultural groups.
- Explain how major events are related to one another in time.
- Use maps and other documents to explain the historical migration of people, expansion and disintegration of empires, and growth of economic and political systems
- Compare and contrast different interpretations of current and historical events.
- Select and analyze information from a variety of sources to present a reasoned argument or position in a written and/or oral format.