World History and Geography (04052) WA

World History and Geography explores the people, events, and ideas that have shaped history from the beginnings of human society to the present day. This course consists of the following content area strands: World History, Geography, and Humanities. Students will be exposed to historical periods leading to the beginning of the 21st Century. So that students can clearly see the relationship between cause and effect in historical events, students should have the opportunity to review those fundamental ideas and events from ancient and classical civilizations.

As you read the lessons in this course, keep these enduring understandings in mind:

  • World History and Geography is the story of the interaction between people, the environment, and ideas that form cultures, societies, and civilizations.

  • World History and Geography is the story of human choices that link the past to the present and influence the future.

  • Individuals, cultures, societies, and the world change through times of conflict and cooperation.

  • Historical patterns are identified across times, places, ideas, institutions, cultures, people, and events.

  • From the past to the present, events and trends on the local, national, and global sphere are interrelated.

  • People have different views of history depending on their perspective.

Goals for this course include:

  • Identify the characteristics of early human communities.

  • Describe the early river valley civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China.

  • Describe the emergence of empires

  • Explain the effects of the European exploration and colonization of the New World.

  • Identify the causes and outcomes of the political revolutions in France, Russia, and China.

  • Identify the characteristics of the Industrial Revolution.

  • Describe European imperialism in Asia and Africa.

  • Compare and contrast the causes and results of the World Wars.

  • Understand the major events of the Cold War.

  • Describe the major issues affecting nations today, including globalization, population growth, pandemics, and immigration.

  • Summarize the history and growth of the major religions.

  • Identify patterns of trade and migration across the major eras of human history.

  • Understand how the geography of expansion and encounter has shaped global politics and economics in the past or present.

  • Analyze and evaluate human interaction with the environment across the world in the past or present.

State: Washington
Grade Level: 9
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year