World Civilizations

World Civilizations examines the growth of human society from our earliest beginnings to the present. Students will study such topics as agricultural societies, ancient civilizations, empires, trade, and migration.

The lessons in this course will help students answer the following questions:

  • How do the interactions between people, the environment, and ideas form cultures, civilizations, and societies?
  • Is the history of civilization a story of progress?
  • In what ways have human choices shaped history?
  • What brings people to conflict and cooperation?
  • How do events and trends influence individuals, nations, and the world?
  • What factors influence how we record or interpret history?

Goals for this course include:

  • Identify the geographic locations in which early humans lived.
  • Examine the immediate and long-term effects of agriculture on human history.
  • Identify the main characteristics of civilizations.
  • Describe the rise and fall of empires.
  • Identify the significant discoveries of the Age of Exploration.
  • Identify the inventions of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Examine the causes of World War I.
  • Discuss the effects of the Great Depression.
  • Identify the major events of World War II.
  • Describe the relationship between the United States and Soviet Union during the Cold War.
  • Describe globalization and the influence of new technologies on the global culture.
  • Compare and contrast traditional, command, and market economic systems.

State: National, Oklahoma, Utah
Grade Level: 7, 8
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year