Mr. Grande's Modern World History
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Curriculum and Assignments
1 French and Haitian Revolution
4 World War II
5 Human Rights
6 Cold War
7 Third World Liberation
8 Modern China
9 Modern Middle East
10 Global Challenges
9TH Pre-Modern World
Pre-Modern Course Syllabus
6 Middle Ages
9 Columbian Exchange
MFA Field Trip
Writing, Research, News
9th Sample Research Topics
Great Quotes about History
Academic Integrity, Cheating and Plagiarism
BHS Program in Social Justice Leadership
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Pre-Modern Course Syllabus: What is a Just Society?
During the long block each week, we’ll spend time on our quarterly foci (that’s the plural for focus). Click here for a
general course description
. Click here to see the current Groups.
1st Quarter: Foundations, Ancient Empires and Complex Societies
Unit 1: Foundations of Historical study: The Practices and Pitfalls of History
What is the study of history? What is a civilization?
Roots of Chinese Civilization: Approaches to Governance
What strategies do leaders and institutions use to gain—and hold on to—power? Which political philosophy will lead to a just society?
Roots of Indian Civilization: Hinduism, Buddhism and Social Hierarchy
What is the origin and legacy of Indian civilization? Can religion create a just society?
2nd Quarter: The Emergence and Spread of Monotheism
Unit 4: The ancient Mediterranean: The Rise of Monotheism and Democracy
How did Christianity become a world religion? Is democracy just?
Unit 5: The Early Islamic World: Tension between Pluralism and Fundamentalism
How did Islam become a world religion? Is there one way to practice one’s faith? Is violence ever just?
*Special focus: Pakistan
Unit 6: Medieval African Empires: The Spread of Islam and The Economics of Trade
How did Islam transform societies and how do African societies transform Islam? Is trade fair and just?
†Mid-Year Review and Mid-term Exam
3rd Quarter: Europe and The Ascendancy of Western Civilization
Unit 7: The European and Arab Middle Ages:
What happens when religious power and political power are fused? Should there be a limit to tolerance and diversity?
Unit 8: Renaissance & Reformation: Emergence of the Individual and Humanist Arts
How does Europe transform after feudalism? How does art express cultural values?
†Begin major research paper
4th Quarter: Globalization and its Impact on the Modern Era
Unit 9: Columbian Exchange: Conquest and the Formation of a Global Inequality
What are the effects of European conquest of the Americas? How do we judge the conquerors and how does power shape the telling of history?
Unit 10 : Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment: Challenging authority and the Emergence of Individual Rights
What new ideas in science and politics emerge to challenge hierarchies?
Do individual rights or community rights lead to a just society?
†Year-End Review, Historians Banquet and Final Exam
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