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World History II

World History II is a continuation of World History I and surveys historical trends, forces, developments and events around the world that connects multiple communities and underrepresented voices. Beginning in the later Classical Period with the Roman Empire, the course proceeds to investigate the history and geography of Medieval Europe, the rise and spread of Islamic Civilization, Sub-Saharan African Empires, the societies and kingdoms of China, Japan, Southern Asia, and the Americas, and the emergence Europe’s Modern Age with the European Renaissance and Age of Discovery. The course seeks to blend both the larger trajectories of social, political, and economic developments with the experiences of known and underrepresented individuals and communities.

Students will:

  • Trace and analyze the causes and effects of the expansion and disintegration of significant historical periods and ages through military conquests, treaties, and the impacts on cultural development and progression.
  • Understand and define geographic borders of empires and the factors that underlie territorial relations, while connecting the construction of geographical and imaginary borders to current events.
  • Develop research skills using print and electronic sources to create research bibliographies.
  • Consider the impact of the growth of cities, ideas, trade routes, and other contributing factors that led to developments in science, geography, mathematics, philosophy, medicine, art, and literature across cultures and regions.
  • Understand the complexities and value in both multiple primary and secondary sources as they apply to historical analysis and apply their learning in oral and written presentations.
  • Synthesize complex ideas, in writing, discussion, and oral presentations, to present balanced information with clarity, conciseness, and thorough presentation skills.
  • Practice with formal and well-organized paragraph structure, short answer responses, and begin to practice with essay writing components (Including components such as thesis statements, topic paragraphs, supporting arguments through textual evidence, and concluding statements.)
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