Grade 10 - Social Studies

World History A - Semester 1 (Credit: 0.50)

World History begins with a focus on the skills needed to read, understand, and analyze history, also demonstrating how historians and social scientists arrive at their conclusions about human history. Semester A covers the history of civilization from hunter-gatherer societies through the characteristics of the earliest civilizations to the Enlightenment period in Western Europe. The second half of Semester A explores early intellectual, spiritual, and political movements and their impact on interactions among world cultures.

Major Concepts:

Foundations of Economics
Microeconomics
Macro Economics
Global Economics
Personal Finance

World History A Honors - Semester 1 (Credit: 0.50)

In World History A Honors, students explore ancient civilizations in order to understand the geographic, political, economic, and social characteristics of people. By developing their understanding of the past, students can better understand the present and determine their direction for the future. In this course, students explore the first civilization in Mesopotamia; the ancient civilizations of China, Greece, and Rome; the rise of the Byzantine Empire; and the feudal system in Europe and Japan. They also learn about the Renaissance and Reformation, the Enlightenment Period, and the scientific and democratic revolutions in Europe that spread to the new nation of America. The last part of the course concentrates on the Napoleonic Era, the Industrial Revolution in England, and the rise of imperialism in Europe. In addition, historical analysis and current events are featured in the final lessons.

Major Concepts:

Early Civilizations
World Religions
Legacy of China
Roots of Democracy
Rise and Fall of Rome
Byzantine Culture
Feudalism
The Crusades
Development of Trade
Impact of the Renaissance
Reformation
Atlantic Slave Trade
Absolute Monarchs
Scientific Resolution
Enlightenment
Napoleonic France
Independence Movements
Industrial Revolution
Economic Theory
Western Imperialism

World History B - Semester 2 (Credit: 0.50)

Semester B applies the reading and analytical strategies introduced in Semester A to the events and movements that created the modern world. In the second semester, World History emphasizes the effects of the Industrial Revolution and changing attitudes about science and religion as well as the impact of European colonization. Students are encouraged to make connections between World War I and II and events related to the Cold War and between 19th-century imperialism and modern independence movements.

Major Concepts:

The Scientific Revolution
The Industrial Revolution
Colonization and Imperialism
20th century political and social movements
World Wars I and II
The Cold War
Modern independence movements
Contemporary global conflicts
Globalization

World History B Honors - Semester 2 (Credit: 0.50)

In this course, students examine the factors leading up to World War I, the rise of nationalism, and the worldwide economic depression. The causes of War II, and the military strategies involved are also analyzed. The advances in modern warfare for both World Wars are a special focus. In addition, students learn about the struggle between the ideologies of democracy and communism as well as the change in the balance of power after World War II in which countries fought for self-rule. An appraisal of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union are included. Later lessons find students exploring the roots of terrorism and the conflicts in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Asia. The final unit of the course centers on the new global economy, advances in science and technology, and current environmental issues. Students assess primary and secondary source materials in depth. Projects and class discussions challenge students to predict outcomes, draw conclusions, and make choices based upon critical thinking.

Major Concepts:

World War I
Russian Revolution
Colonialism
Great Depression
Rise of Fascism
World War II
Holocaust
Cold War
Independence Movements
Collapse of the USSR
Globalization
Ecology





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