World History is a required year-long course for 10th grade students. It is designed to build a foundation for understanding human history across different cultures and civilizations in both Western and non-Western societies. An emphasis will be placed on the interaction among world cultures, the linking of the past and present, and the importance of the relationship of geography and history. Ideas and concepts which bridge the space between the ancient and the modern world will be stressed, including the development of art, philosophy and religion. The first semester focuses on key historical themes before 1500, particularly the beginnings of civilization and the earliest empires, the creation of governments and societies, and early encounters an the exchange of ideas. These themes will be explored through the the study of Ancient Greece, the empires of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the development of world religions. The second semester focuses on key historical themes after 1500, particularly religious turbulence, the rise of absolutism and revolutions, industrialization and colonization, and global conflict. These themes will be explored through the study of the Renaissance and the Reformation, expansionism, colonization, and the rise of nationalism, the growth of monarchs and revolutions that would follow, the Enlightenment, the global impact of industrialization, the age of imperialism, the world wars, and global interdependence. Prerequisite: American History