Learning Recommendations: Students should be prepared to examine the history, culture and government systems of the world. Students should be prepared to critically read and write about content.


General Description: World Studies I/Civics block is a year-long combination course that integrates social studies and English curriculums in an examination of the history and development of diverse global cultures and the US political system. The first semester will study causes of continuity and change in civilizations, religions, technology and society in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Second semester will be focused on studying US Civics to prepare students to fulfill their role as citizens in a globally connected democratic society. We will examine the development and operation of the US Constitutional system, examine the individual’s roles and responsibilities, identify issues at the local, state and national level, and debate the actions and ideas behind US foreign policy. We will also study the economic and political systems of select Asian nations to bring a comparative approach to our examination of political and economic systems, as well as an analysis of specific rights and freedoms. The course focuses on critical thinking, persuasive expression, essay writing, note taking, research, and other relevant skills.


Content:

        1st Semester:

  • Focus on historical, geographic, economic events and concepts in non-European regions and cultures.
  • Compare and analyze how ideas in different times and places bring about continuity, conflict and change.

  • Develop map and chart skills to aid in understanding key issues of geography.

  • Analyze historical instances of cultural interaction and conflict.

  • Analyze the impact of technology on cultures.

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    2nd Semester

  • Analyze key civic principles (individual vs. collective rights, democratic principles, foreign policy, etc.).

  • Compare and contrast diverse political systems.

  • Examine the history and functioning of the US Constitutional system.

  • Identify issues at national, state, and local levels.

  • Analyze the benefits and limitations of different economic systems.

  • Analyze how economic choices by one group impact the global community.

 

 

Strategies: The approaches taken in this course should include but not be limited to collaborative and/or cooperative learning groups, inquiry based instruction, project based learning experiences, and direct instruction formats such as lectures.

 

Equipment to be provided by student: USB memory stick (thumb drive) recommended