These general objectives of knowledge and understanding are recommended to teachers and students of World History for Us All. A student who graduates from high school having fulfilled most of these objectives should be well-prepared for college studies, international experience, and informed participation in civic life.
Upon completing this course the student will be able to:
- Describe features of the world's physical and natural environment, and explain how the environment has affected and been affected by historical developments.
- Explain large-scale and long-term historical developments of regional, interregional, and global scope.
- Analyze ways in which human groups have come into contact and interacted with one another, including systems of communication, migration, commercial exchange, conquest, and cultural diffusion.
- Assess the significance of key turning points in world history.
- Describe the development and explain the significance of distinctive forms of political, social, and economic organization.
- Identify major discoveries, inventions, and scientific achievements, and assess their impact on society.
- Identify achievements in art, architecture, literature, and philosophy, and assess their impact on society.
- Compare the world we live in today with past eras such as the lower paleolithic, upper paleolithic, neolithic, agrarian, and industrial ages.
- Explain ideals, practices, and historical developments of major belief systems.
- Identify challenges that humans have faced in the ecological, economic, political, and other spheres of life, and explain how they have responded to those challenges.
- Reflect upon choices humans have made in the past and consider how choices made today may affect the future.