This multi-faceted course combines the studies in World History (from Early Civilizations to the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire to the birth of American democracy) and the ideals and functions of American government. This unique social studies course will examine how significant world events, individuals and their actions have contributed to create and form the United States of America to what it is today. Students will examine and analyze significant primary documents and essays.
Topics to be Explored:
Why Study History?, review of earlier history, The Flowering of Civilizations; Rise and Fall of Roman Empire, Rise of Islam as a Belief System, Western Europe and the Middle Ages, Impact of the Crusades, Europe in the High Middle Ages, The Renaissance, Reformation, European Expansion and Colonization of the New World, Scientific Revolution, and the emergence of the modern Nation-State. Is democracy a universal value? What are the lessons of History?
- Teacher: Zachary Ritland