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Social Studies Department
Course Syllabus
Course Name
Course Code
Full Year
1. Completion of Grade 8 Honors Social Studies with a final average of at least
90% or Grade 8 Regular Social Studies with a final average of at least 95%; and
2. Recommendation of the previous year’s Social Studies teacher.
Note: This course replaces Global History and Geography I. This is a collegelevel course. It is academically demanding and requires a significant
commitment on the part of the student.
For Advanced Placement World History I, a Department final exam based on the
content, concepts and themes in this curriculum and modeled after the World
History Advanced Placement exam will be administered in June. The final exam
counts as 20% of the final course average. Students must pass this course in
order to graduate.
World Civilizations: The Global Experience, 3rd Edition (Pearson Longman,
Areas of Study
Advanced Placement World History I/II is a two-year Advanced Placement
program (grades 9 and 10). The Advanced Placement Program offers a course
and exam in World History to qualified students who wish to complete studies in
secondary school equivalent to an introductory college course in world history.
The purpose of this course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of
global processes and contacts in interaction with different human societies. This
understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual
knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of
changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well
as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge
used in conjunction with leading interpretive issues and types of historical
Foundations – 8000 BCE – 600 CE
 Global Geography, Migration
 Locating world history in environment and time
 Developing agriculture and technology
 Features of Civilizations - Mesopotamia, Egypt, Indus Valley,
Huang He Valley, Mesoamerica, Andean
 Classical Civilizations – Greece, Rome, China, India
 Major Belief Systems – Polytheism/Monotheism, Judaism, Hinduism,
Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, Animism
 Empires/Collapses – Rome, Han, Gupta
II. 600 CE – 1450 CE
 Periodization
 The Islamic World
 Interregional networks, contacts, trade routes
 China’s internal/external expansion
 Developments in Europe
 Social, cultural, economic, and political patterns in the Amerindian
world – Maya, Aztec, Inca
 Demographic and environmental changes
III. 1450 CE – 1750 CE
 Periodization
 Changes in trade, technology, gender, and global interactions
 Knowledge of empires, political units, and social systems –
Ottoman, Mughal, Safavid, England, France, Russia, Portugal,
China, Spain, Kongo, Songhay
 Slave systems, and slave trade
 Demographic change – Global exploration, trade, diseases
 Cultural and intellectual developments – Scientific Revolution,
Enlightenment, Renaissance, Reformation, Absolutism.
For Information For more information about the Advanced Placement curriculum, see
For a complete review of the NYS Social Studies Learning Standards, see
For the complete NYS core curriculum for Global History and Geography, see (pp. 89-120)