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    This course is designed to study the culture, society, history and current affairs in selected Eastern and Western Hemisphere countries, with special emphasis on the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa. Political, economic, religious, historical, and cultural themes are stressed in these areas of study and throughout the course of the semester. Students will also analyze the effects these areas have on the United States and our viewpoint as American citizens. Students will examine, in-depth, supplemental readings, maps and other materials to develop critical thinking and analytical skills that will help them prepare for possible AP / College level courses for their 12th grade year. Literary and historical reading and writing are also major components of the curriculum.
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    While there are no official prerequisites for Honors World History, IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that you have accomplished the following if you decide to take this course:
    • A final semester grade of 92% or above (an A- or better) in any previous Honors Social Studies course
    • A final exam score of 83% or above (a B- or better) in any previous Honors Social Studies course
    • A minimum or above average score on the Reading / Writing Keystone standardized exams prior to taking this course

    Your previous semester history teachers will have made a recommendation to your counselor as to whether or not Honors is a good fit for you as a student. Please consider this recommendation carefully during the course selection process.



    syllabusHonors World History Course Syllabus (*UPDATED*)


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    Topics & Themes We Will Be Looking at this Semester:
    • Mini-Unit: Introduction to Culture = Elements of Culture, Anthropology, and Cultural "Dangers"


    • Unit I (1800's - 1840's)= The Rise of Modern Industry, Industrial Reform Movements, & New Economic Ideas
      • Unit Theme = Industrialization (European Geography)


    • Unit II (1840's - 1900's) = The Spreading of Western Influence & the Development of Modern Conflicts & Global Issues
      • Unit Theme = Imperialism (African Geography)


    • Unit III (1840's - 1940's) = The Development of Political and Cultural Pushback to Western Imperialism & Influence in the World
      • Unit Theme = Nationalism (Latin American Geography)


    • Unit IV (1940's - 1980's) =The Development of New Nation-States and Regional Conflicts Around the Globe
      • Unit Theme = Decolonization (Middle Eastern Geography)


    • Unit IV (1980's - present) = The Triumphs and Challenges of Democratic Institutions in a Modern, Post-Cold War World
      • Unit Theme = Democratization (Asian Geography)
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    Each semester, the Etown Social Studies Department invites a number of guest historians from local institutions of higher learning to come and interact with some of your perspective young historians and history honors students. The program is a great way for students to experience what college lessons or like, but also to interact with resident experts in the field of history on topics that relate directly to their course curriculum.
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