World Civilizations


As a survey course this class will deal with the major issues in world history and will focus on comparing and assessing major changes and developments. It is divided into nine “Big Eras” and each era examines the relationships between humans and the environment, humans and other humans, and humans and ideas.  We will examine historical events through various readings, discussions, films, music and projects while concentrating on common themes that run through history such as population, networks of exchange, power, identity, science, technology, and spiritual life.  We will focus on developing the student skills that will be necessary to excel in high school and carry on into college.  These skills include effective textbook reading, note taking, studying, researching, writing, and presenting.