Social Studies 1: World History

This course emphasizes the study of world history. The course is presented in two semesters.


Semester 1 describes world conditions beginning A.D. 300 and ending in 1770. Specific topics included are the decline of Han and Roman empires, rise of Islamic civilization, South American and European culture, the Mongolian Empire, the Sub-Saharan African culture, recovery in Afro-Eurasia, and expansion in the Americas and Europe. Also included are the Renaissance, the Reformation, scientific revolution and enlightenment, territorial empires, Europeans in the Americas, Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, and Asian Transformations.


Semester 2 describes world conditions beginning in 1750 and ending in the 21st century. Specific topics included are reform, revolution, and social change; causes and effects of World War I, peace and stability, causes and effects of World War II, post-war recovery, the Cold War, economic interdependence, and social movements.


1 Credit


There are no prerequisites for this course.


This course is aligned to the National Council for History Standards (NCHS), Florida Sunshine State Standards, and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards.


Semester 1

  • Aftermath of Imperial Crises
  • Rise of Islamic Civilization
  • Mesoamerica and Andean South America
  • Redefining European Society and Culture
  • Mongol Empire
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Crisis and Recovery in Afro-Eurasia
  • Expansion in the Americas
  • European Expansion
  • Renaissance
  • Reformation
  • Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment
  • Territorial Empires
  • Europeans in the Americas
  • Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Asian Transformations


Semester 2

  • Political Revolution
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Eurasian Society
  • Nationalism
  • Social Movements
  • European Settler Colonization
  • Imperial Expansion
  • African Transformations
  • Reform, Revolution, and Social Change
  • Causes and Effects of World War I
  • Peace and Stability
  • Causes and Effects of World War II
  • Post-War Recovery
  • The Cold War
  • Economic Interdependence
  • Social Movements

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