HST222: Contemporary World Issues

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

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Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

Students analyze governments, economies, peoples, and cultures from around the world in this course. Instruction emphasizes the structures and policies of the United States and how they compare to other systems in the international community. Students apply critical thinking and research skills to examine current events and contemporary issues, including human rights, the strengths and weaknesses of globalization, America's role in the international economy, the severe environmental threats facing many regions around the world today, how religion is often used to facilitate and justify violence, and America's "War on Terror" and its impact on the Middle East and Islamic culture.

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Course Length

Two Semesters

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Prerequisites

None

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Course Outline

SEMESTER ONE

Unit 1: Introduction to Contemporary World Issues

Students examine the strengths and weaknesses of globalization.

  • Contemporary World Issues in Context
  • Globalization
  • The Challenges of the Modern World
  • Hope in the Modern World: Progress and Development

Unit 2: Modern Political Climate

Students analyze American principles and how they impact the world.

  • America: Home and Abroad
  • Eastern Europe and Asia
  • Africa and South America
  • The Middle East

Unit 3: Economy

Students examine America’s role in the global economy.

  • America: Home and Abroad
  • Eastern Europe and Asia
  • Africa and South America
  • The Middle East

Unit 4: Society and Culture

Students explore how American culture is being integrated into global cultures.

  • American Culture and Western Civilization
  • Europe and Russia
  • The Middle East
  • Modernity: Art and Entertainment

Unit 5: Religion and Morality

Students explore how religion is being used to facilitate and justify violence.

  • Church and State
  • Communism and Religion
  • The Holy Land
  • Islam and Jihad

Unit 6: Environmental Crisis

Students examine severe environmental crises in regions around the globe.

  • Industrial Development in America
  • Social Impact of Industrialization
  • Global Environment

Unit 7: Technology

Students analyze the global impact of the Internet on the world from a political and social point of view.

  • Technological Advancements in the 21st Century
  • World Wide Web
  • Modern Industrial Advancements

Unit 8: Human and Civil Rights

Students examine human rights issues, such as child labor and the oppression of women and minorities around the world.

  • Civil Rights in America
  • Communism and Civil Rights
  • Human Rights

Unit 9: Conflict

Students analyze America's "War on Terror" and its impact on the Middle East and Islamic culture.

  • Shaping the Middle East
  • Communism Across the Globe
  • Africa
  • The Holy Land

Unit 10: America and the World

Students examine America's political and social impact on the global community.

  • Shaping the Middle East
  • Global Community
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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling