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Title: Themes in World History


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Themes in World History
Questions to ask about a civilization.
2
Honors World History
  • This course will examine a variety of cultures
    throughout history, paying particular attention
    to seven important themes geography, social
    systems, humanities, belief systems, government,
    economics, and science.
  • The legacy and influence of each culture will be
    examined through these themes, with connections
    being drawn between historical cultures and the
    world we inhabit today.
  • The same seven themes will be explored next year
    in United States History, resulting in an
    integrated grade 9/10 history program.

3
Geography
  • Where in the world was the culture located?
  • What was the land like? The climate?
  • Were there natural boundaries?
  • How did people respond to their environment?
  • How did the land affect their way of life?

4
Social Systems
  • How were families organized?
  • Were there designated gender roles?
  • What were the most important customs, traditions
    and values?
  • What was the social hierarchy? Was there social
    mobility?
  • How did social taboos affect daily life?

5
Humanities
  • What were the most important forms of art, music
    and entertainment.
  • How were the values and symbols of the culture
    illustrated in various forms of art?
  • What legacy have they left us?
  • What language did they use? What was their
    alphabet like?
  • What role did education play?

6
Religion Beliefs
  • How did religion and philosophy affect the
    culture?
  • What were the most important religious practices?
  • What values were stressed in the culture?
  • What relationship did religion have to
    government, the economy, the environment, art,
    etc.
  • How were religious beliefs passed on?

7
Politics Government
  • What type of government did they have? Who or
    what ruled?
  • How was power transferred?
  • What rights and freedoms did people have?
  • In what ways was government related to societal
    structure and religious beliefs?
  • What was the role of the military?

8
Economics
  • What was the economy based on? What were the
    main products or services?
  • Who controlled the resources?
  • How were goods distributed across society?
  • In what ways were goods exchanged or traded?

9
Science Technology
  • What were the major technological innovations and
    how did they affect society?
  • How did technology spread?
  • Which scientific theories were widely held?
  • What can we learn when we examine specific
    technological areas such as communication,
    transportation, agriculture, building, machines,
    etc?
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