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SSC: World History: Civilizations (2012-2013)

COURSE TITLE: World History: Civilizations
CALENDAR YEAR: 2012-2013

Major Concepts/Content: The students will examine the social, cultural and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, and Asia in the beginnings of human society through 1500 C.E. After reviewing the ancient world and the ways in which archaeologists and historians uncover the past, students study the history and geography of great civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. They learn about the political, economic, social, and cultural development of Europe which influenced the rise of Western Civilization 500 to 1500 and the origins and accomplishments of the Renaissance period.

Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities will be provided relative to the content standards of the World History: Civilizations Course. Students will study major civilizations in specific geographic areas, compare the development of different societies, and use chronological and spatial thinking, historical research, and interpretation to demonstrate intellectual reasoning, reflection and research skills.

Major Evaluative Techniques: Evaluation will be comprised of assessments for/of learning in content standards knowledge, comparison of civilizations, and social studies skills.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of the World History: Civilizations course of study, students should be able to:

  • Examine the lives of people of the ancient world during the beginnings of human society.
  • Compare the characteristics of the early civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Indus River Valley and China from 4000 to 1000 B.C.E.
  • Describe the antecedents, origins, development, and achievement of the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome from 2000 B.C.E. to 500 C.E.
  • Trace the development and impact of major civilizations, states, and empires in different regions of Asia, Africa and the Americas from 1000 B.C.E. to 1500 C.E.
  • Examine the political, economic, social, and cultural development of Europe, which influenced the rise of Western Civilization from 500 to 1000.
  • Examine the political, economic, social, religious and cultural development of Europe, which influenced the rise of Western Civilization from 1000 to 1500.
  • Trace the rise, achievement, decline and demise of the Byzantine Empire, the relationships of Byzantine and Western Civilizations, the conquest of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453, and analyze the impact on European peoples of the Turkish (Ottoman) Empire.