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  • Course Code
    SS.SS033S/SS034S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    World History is a survey course focusing on the historical development of people, places and patterns of life from ancient times until the present day. Students will utilize inquiry-based learning to explore the history and characteristics of civilizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. This course will help students develop the historical thinking skills needed to understand the trends and global issues associated with the course content.  Additionally, it will build students’ ability to think and reason through analysis, evaluation and comparison of each historical period. This emphasis on a global perspective will prepare students to be engaged citizens in the twenty-first century.

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Unit Description
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WH01Beginnings in History
This unit focuses on early human migration and cultural diffusion, the transition from foraging to agriculture, and the characteristics of civilization.
Students will understand how humans progress from bands of foragers to the first culturally diverse civilizations of the ancient world.
WH02Classical Age: Asian Culture & Empire
This unit focuses on classical Persia, India and China. C. 600 BC-600 AD/ 600 BCE-600 CE
Students will evaluate the legacy of the classical age on the development of modern society. C. 600 BC-600 AD /600 BCE-600 CE.
WH03Classical Age- Mediterranean Culture & Empire
This unit focuses on classical Greece and Rome c. 600 BC-600 AD/ 600 BCE- 600 CE.
Students will evaluate the legacy of the classical age of Greece and Rome on the development of modern society c. 600 BC-600 AD / 600 BCE - 600 CE
WH04Post-Classical Asia
This unit focuses on China’s interaction and impact on the world during the post-classical age.
Students will understand that the development of new empires impacts regional and trans-regional interactions.
WH05Post-Classical Eurasia
This unit focuses on the formation of the Byzantine Empire and rise and expansion of the Islamic world.
Students will understand that the development of new empires impacts regional and trans-regional interactions.
WH06Post-Classical Europe
This unit focuses on the Dark Ages of
Europe and the power of the Catholic Church in Western Europe.
Students will understand how the fall of the Western Roman
Empire resulted in the rise of feudalism and the increase in power
of the Catholic Church.



WH07The Rise of European States
This unit focuses on the Renaissance,
Reformation and Scientific Revolution.
Students will understand how the Renaissance, Reformation and
Scientific Revolution challenged the traditional teachings of
Western Europe.



WH08Global Exploration
This unit focuses on the impact of global exploration and human interactions around the world.
Students will understand the impact of exploration and colonization.
WH09Political Change in Europe
This unit focuses on the changing role of
government and the impact of the Enlightenment.
Students will understand the role of government on people’s lives.

WH10The Industrial Revolution
This unit focuses on the European Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions.
Students will understand that changes in technology impact the development of societies.
WH11Nationalism, Imperialism and World War I
This unit focuses on development of nationalism, imperialism and their impact on World War I.
Students will understand that the rise of nationalism and the growth of imperialism led to the tension that caused World War I.
WH12The Interwar Years & World War II
This unit focuses on how the developments during the interwar years lead to the rise of totalitarian leaders in Europe.
Students will understand causes and effects of major developments such as the Great Depression and World War II.
WH13The Cold War & Independence Movements
This unit focuses on the development of
the Cold War tensions and the rise of independence movements.
Students will understand that differing political and economic
ideologies led to Cold War tensions. Students will also understand
the impact of self-determination around the world.



WH14Globalization and the Modern World
This unit focuses on 20th and 21st century issues facing the modern world.
Students will evaluate the impact of globalization on the modern world.