The World History Course is designed to be a historical study of societies, nations, economies, events, and cultures of the many regions of the world, providing historical background for each area and details inclusive of change over time, historical impact, religion, diplomacy, culture practices and beliefs, and economic, political, and social institutions. The course is intended to examine the historical development of the world and global issues and patterns since 1200. The course also explores underlying themes of: power and authority; change and continuity; human-environment interaction; globalization; cultural diffusion; and individual and group identity. This course seeks to move beyond the rote teaching of world history to the teaching of history in context to the world and global society in which students currently live and need to understand. With this in mind, it is important to note that this course is not designed to be a chronological study of history through periodization. The goal of this course is to blend the historical with the contemporary and current so that students begin to acquire an understanding of how the historical events and decisions of ancient, classical, and modern history have implications or lasting impacts that have influenced the world in which we currently live. It is important for students in today’s rapidly evolving global society to be able to understand the contemporary patterns and connections of globalization. Likewise, it is important they know that in order to do so, one must study the historical precedents and antecedents of those patterns and connections. Ultimately, students will be able to use this knowledge to understand and engage with the world as collaborative and productive global citizens who are knowledgeable of why history matters in a twenty-first-century world.
NC Essential Standards/Course Objectives: The standards of this course are conceptual in nature and have been organized around six: Inquiry, Behavioral Sciences, Civics & Government, Economics, Geography, and History. Students will engage in rigorous academic coursework inclusive of multiple ideas, viewpoints, and perspectives that prepare them with the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to productively live and engage in a multicultural and globally competitive society. By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Analyze and evaluate social studie topics and issues in order to communicate conclusions and tak informed actions.
- Analyze how artistic, literary, philosophical, technological, and scientific ideas have developed and shaped society and institutions.
- Understand the concept of identity in historic and contemporary societies in terms of it development and impacts.
- Analyze the relationship between various societies and government in terms of freedom, equality, and power.
- Evaluate international diplomacy and the policies of a nation in terms of influence on global conflict and resolutions.
- Understand the economic relationships between groups and nations in terms of power and interdependence.
- Understand how movement has influenced societies now and in the past.
- Analyze the intentional and unintentional consequences of human-environment interaction.
- Analyze historical events and issues in world history from a variety of perspectives.
The NC Essential Standards for World History can be found HERE.