• Course Description

    This course explores world history from around 750-1750. It includes global and comparative studies and provides background in the political, economic, social andcultural foundations of societies. Topics of study include the development and transformation of empires; European State unification; political, economic and social revolutions; the development of new ideologies; the interactions among Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Students develop skills in historical thinking, geography, citizenship, economics and other social studies. The course stresses reading and interpretation, research and analytical thinking and writing.

    Units of Study:

     Unit I:  The Foundation of Islam, Judaism and Christianity

     Essential Question:  How do systems of belief shape culture?)

    • Explain the biblical and historical relationship between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
    • Understand the basic tenets and principles of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
    • Recognize important historical personalities identified with religion.
    • Compare and contrast the core elements of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
    • Explain the possible reasons for religious schisms.

    Unit II: Feudalism and the Middle Ages

    Essential Question: How do systems simultaneously unite and divide society?       

    • Examine and discuss the rise and decline of feudalism in Western Europe and Japan (500-1500)
    • Explain the conditions that led to the development of feudalism.
    • Identify the social classes in feudalism, and the role of each class.
    • Discuss the role of hierarchy in society.
    • Explain the purpose of a contract.
    • Compare and contrast the feudalism of Medieval Europe and Japan.
    • Explain the importance of job specialization within the parameters of a hierarchy.
    • Identify the principle parts of the hierarchy with the Roman Catholic Church in Medieval Europe.
    • Understand the conditions that led to the birth of modern Europe.

    Unit III: Empires: Africa, Asia and America

    Essential Question: How does cultural interaction change and sustain society?

    • What factors led to the emergence of empires in Africa, Asia, and the America?
    • Discuss the role of empires in Africa, China and the Americas.
    • Identify the characteristics of an empire.
    • Compare and contrast the empires of Africa, China and the Americas.
    • Examine the role of trade in empire of Africa, China and the Americas.
    • Identify scientific and technological contributions of empires.

    Unit IV: Renaissance and Reformation

    Essential Question: How does knowledge influence and change society?       

    • Explain why the Renaissance began in Northern Italy.
    • Identify the characteristics of the Renaissance.
    • Compare and contrast the medieval era with the Renaissance.
    • Identify new art techniques in the Italian and Northern Renaissance.
    • Explain the difference between the Italian and Northern Renaissance.
    • Identify the key historical figures responsible for the Protestant Reformation.
    • Distinguish between Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Anglicanism.
    • Explain the role of the individual in the Renaissance and Protestant Reformation.
    • Discuss the Roman Catholics response to the Protestant Reformation.


    Unit V: The Age of Discovery

    Essential Question: How can global interactions lead to conflict and cooperation?

    • Explain how the Crusades contributed to the search for new trade routes.
    • Discuss the reasons why European countries desired new trade routes.
    • Identify key historical figures of the Age of Discovery, their roles and contributions.
    • Distinguish between different perspectives or viewpoints regarding the European discovery of the “New World.”
    • Explain the role of religion.
    • Discuss the significance of the Columbian exchange.

    Unit VI: The Enlightenment

    Essential Question: How can beliefs about human nature change societies?

    • What factors or conditions led to the historical era known as the Enlightenment?
    • Describe the scientific method.
    • Compare and contrast the heliocentric and geocentric theories.
    • Discuss why people might have a difficulty accepting new ideas or ways of thinking.
    • Explain some of the possible risks of accepting a new or different ideas as well as the risk of always refusing to do so.
    • Compare and contrast the ideas espoused by Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau and others.
    • How did the Enlightenment influence the American Revolution?
    • Identify some enlightened despots and their use of enlightenment ideas.