World History/WorldDownload PDF History Honors

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

This 1-credit course is a survey of world history from prehistoric to contemporary times. Students will learn about the socio-economic, political, and ideological conditions of various time periods as they study historical events and cultural achievements of world regions. Using primary and secondary sources, students will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to conduct inquiry-based research, participate in interactive discussions, and complete assignments establishing real-world connections.

The honors level course requires students to utilize higher order thinking skills such as analysis and synthesis while completing more rigorous assignments. In addition, more emphasis is placed on research mastery and project-based learning.

Course Objectives

  • Identify how and why people, goods, and ideas migrated throughout global history.
  • Explain how the geography of a region impacted the growth and development of a civilization.
  • Identify social, political, economic, and ideological conditions of major eras in world history.
  • Describe the structure of society and family in historical cultures based on societal factors.
  • Interpret and analyze statistics and data from maps, charts, and graphs.
  • Summarize the achievements of civilizations, particularly in the fields of science, technology, and the arts, and how they spread through cultural diffusion.
  • Compare and contrast the development and beliefs of the major world religions and philosophical traditions, and explain how they spread to other regions.
  • Summarize the characteristics of early political systems and their influence on modern-day governments.
  • Discuss the impact of European imperialism and colonization, and defend the connection between revolution and reform.
  • Identify the effect of industrialization and urbanization on the global economy.
  • Articulate the relationship between historical occurrences and contemporary situations.
  • Predict how contemporary issues will affect future generations, based on historical evidence.

Course Prerequisites

None

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

None

Course Outline

Orientation

  • Section 1 – World History: Introduction
  • Section 2 – Getting Started

Unit 1: The Dawn of Civilization: Prehistory-AD 300

  • Introduction – The Dawn of Civilization: Introduction
  • Section 1 – The Beginnings of Civilization
  • Section 2 – The Ancient Near East
  • Section 3 – Nile Civilizations
  • Section 4 – Ancient India and China

Unit 2: The Growth of Civilizations: 2100 BC-AD 1500

  • Introduction – The Growth of Civilizations: Introduction
  • Section 1 – Classical Greece
  • Section 2 – Rome and Early Christianity
  • Section 3 – The Americas
  • Section 4 – Empires of China and India

Unit 3: Medieval Civilizations: 100-1500

  • Introduction – Medieval Civilizations: Introduction
  • Section 1 – Muslim Civilizations
  • Section 2 – African Kingdoms
  • Section 3 – Cultures of East Asia
  • Section 4 – Kingdoms, Christianity, and the Middle Ages in Europe

Semester 1 Exam

Unit 4: Renaissance, Reformation, and Exploration 1200-1700

  • Introduction – Renaissance, Reformation, and Exploration: Introduction
  • Section 1 – Renaissance
  • Section 2 – The Reformation and Counter-Reformation
  • Section 3 – Exploration and Expansion
  • Section 4 – Unit Exam

Unit 5: Changes in Asia and Europe 1200-1900

  • Introduction – Changes in Asia and Europe: Introduction
  • Section 1 – New Asian Empires
  • Section 2 – Absolutism, Enlightenment, and Revolution
  • Section 3 – Industrialization
  • Section 4 – Unit Exam

Unit 6: The Great War: World War I 1914-1939

  • Introduction – The Great War: World War I: Introduction
  • Section 1 – Reform, Nationalism, and Imperialism
  • Section 2 – World War I
  • Section 3 – The Aftermath
  • Section 4 – Unit Exam

Unit 7: World War II 1930-1945

  • Introduction – World War II: Introduction
  • Section 1 – Instability in Europe
  • Section 2 – World War II
  • Section 3 – Post World War II
  • Section 4 – Unit Exam

Unit 8: Contemporary Issues 1945-Present

  • Introduction – Contemporary Issues: Introduction
  • Section 1 – Europe and North America
  • Section 2 – Asia and Latin America
  • Section 3 – Africa and the Middle East
  • Section 4 – Unit Exam

Semester 2 Exam