Credit: 10 Credits
Students in grade ten study major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. They trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. They extrapolate from the American experience that democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable, and are not practiced everywhere in the world. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives.
Specific themes studied will include: the Industrial Revolution, Nationalism, Imperialism and the two World Wars. Students will recognize the relationships of events and people and interpret significant patterns, themes, ideas, beliefs, and turning points in world history. Students will analyze locations, regions, and spatial connections, recognizing the natural and cultural processes that have impacted the way in which people and societies have lived and interacted with each other and their environments.