World History and Geography 1500 A.D. to Present (2216) VA

World History and Geography 1500 A.D. to Present (2216) VA examines the growth of human society from around the year 1500 to the present. Students will study such topics as the Reformation and the Enlightenment, exploration, Imperialism, the World Wars, the Cold War, and even trade and migration. Their studies will also take them through globalization and the issues that face the world today.  Students will also gain practice in researching, using technology, and writing through various projects. In addition to the default course program, World History and Geography 1500 A.D. to Present (2216) VA includes alternate lessons, projects, essays, and tests for use in enhancing instruction or addressing individual needs.

  • Unit 1: Dawn of the Modern Age: Students will identify the significant discoveries of the Age of Exploration, the colonization of the New World, the impacts of Europeans going eastward, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Scientific Revolution.
  • Unit 2: Global Expansion and Encounter: Students will examine the empires of the Ottomans, the Mughal, and those of Africa.  The Dynasties of Asia will be explored, as will the spread of religions in the dawn of the Modern Age.
  • Unit 3: The Age of Revolutions: Students will discover the root of the French Revolution and the effects thereof.  A different kind of “revolution” will be studied that will change the entire world.  Succeeding revolutions will be examined, and the institution of slavery will be, as well.
  • Unit 4: The Age of Imperialism: Students will study the Age of Imperialism both in Europe and the United States and the effects of this.
  • Unit 5: The World at War: Students will explore the reaction and resistance to Imperialism in various parts of the world.  The “War to End All Wars” is also discussed, as is the Great Depression that follows.
  • Unit 7: The Twentieth Century: 1900-1945: Students will investigate World War II and the many effects thereof.
  • Unit 8: Effects of the Wars: Students explore the effects of the World Wars in other areas of the world, as well as the Cold War.
  • Unit 9: The Twentieth Century: 1945-2000: Students study the second half of the 20th century, identify apartheid in South Africa, and examine the Israeli-Palestine conflict.
  • Unit 10: Issues of the Day: Students will examine global economics, the environment, and pandemics.  Students will also look at the situation in the Middle East and terrorism, including that which occurred September 11, 2001.
  • Unit 11: Turning Points in Human History: Students will review the turning points in history, describe the major issues affecting nations today, including population growth. They will also examine types of economic systems and the history of capitalism.

State: National
Grade Level: 10
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year