World History, Culture, and Geography: The Modern World (2711) CA

This year-long course discusses the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the course of history. Throughout the course students will learn about a variety of topics. Topics in this course include:

  • The important reasons we study history
  • The early civilizations of the world
  • The important political and social ideals that originated in classical Greece and ancient Rome
  • The major religions that have developed throughout the world
  • The major empires throughout history
  • Interaction and exchange between the peoples of the world
  • Major political, cultural, and religious revolutions
  • The impact of world war and its repercussions
  • Important events of the 20th Century

After completing the course, students should be able to answer a variety of questions relating to world history and demonstrate a number of social studies skills.  


  • 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.

Additional Resources

Some assignments in this course require the use of resources that must be supplied by the user. A list of these outside resources is available below:  
Internet access
Pens, pencils, and paper
A community, state, or national newspaper

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