What is History? How does History help us understand today’s world? Whose History are we studying? The Global History and Social Sciences curriculum provides students with the opportunity to learn about History from global perspectives, looking at, analyzing, and thinking critically about primary and non-U.S. sources. The global dimension of the curriculum demonstrates the wide variety of themes students will deal with in each course. The Global History and Social Sciences student is a critical thinker with an awareness and understanding of religious, political, social and economic issues. Differentiation and the use of technology are also important parts of the curriculum.
In this inquiry-based course, students will examine essential questions that explore the themes of power, colonization, racism, revolution, resistance, and social change in the early Americas. Students will consider the experiences and perspectives of various groups of people in the development of the Americas as the “New World” and “Old World” came into contact. Students will be taught the skills and habits of historical thinking and the application of a social justice lens when looking at the past and present day. Students will engage with a number of inquiry based projects and end the year with designing their own.
This class will look at some of the major ideologies that have shaped the world including; religion, race and racism, globalism and political philosophies. Using an inquiry-based thematic approach, students will begin with exploring how they look at the world and then investigate how ideologies have built nations, spread ideas, created conflict and generated change. Throughout the course, students will reflect on the ways in which they relate to these ideologies and refine their own opinions as engaged citizens. The objectives of the course are to engage students in critical thinking on political, economic, environmental, and socio-cultural issues, to provide diverse perspectives on history, and to bring awareness of global interdependence and shared humanity. The course will culminate in a class designed civic-action project.