In this World History course, students develop a greater understanding of the cultures of the early modern era. The semester begins with the Age of Discovery, including the interaction of cultures during the European Age of Exploration, examines the cultures of the eastern hemisphere, and follows significant events and themes leading to the completion of the twentieth century. Students use historical inquiry and evaluate primary and secondary sources to develop skills of analysis, interpretation, judgment, decision-making and communication.
Students analyze historical continuity and change; define identity, cause and effect, unity and diversity. Students gain understanding about the significance of ideas as powerful forces throughout history.