World History II explores notable events, people, and places from 1500 A.D. (C.E.) to the present. A large portion of this course examines the transformation of European monarchies and world empires into nation-states and emerging democracies. The second half of the curriculum explores the impact of these developments around the globe with emphasis on pivotal global events such as the World Wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and colonial independence. Students will develop skills in analytical writing, collaborative projects, class debate, and public speaking. This course is intended for 10th grade students. Those who require a verified credit in social studies will take the World History II end-of course SOL test.
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