• World History Essential Questions and Course Outline

     

    Unit 1 – Power and Authority: Who’s in Charge?

    Essential Questions:

    ·        What forces propel societies toward liberty, one the one hand, or authority on the other?

    ·        What paths do societies tend to choose when they attempt to determine best government?

    ·        What do each of these paths look like?

     

    Unit 2 – Questioning Authority: Who Can Question?  What can be Questioned?

    Essential Questions:

    ·        Who can question authority? What can be questioned?

    ·        In what ways was the concept of the individual shaped by the Renaissance/Reformation and the Enlightenment/French Revolution?

    ·        How did an evolving sense of identity impact the ways in which individuals attempted to understand and improve their world?

    ·        How were the dynamic tensions created by the desire for freedom and the need for order accelerated by the Renaissance/Reformation and the Enlightenment/French Revolution?

    ·        What features of the developing concept of the individual can we recognize in the 21st century?

    ·        How did the changing concept of the individual impact Western Europe?

    ·        What forces propel societies toward liberty, on the one hand, or authority on the other? 

     

    Unit 3 – Personal and National Identity in Modern Europe: Who am I in relation to my Government?

    Essential Questions:

    ·        What elements create national identity?

    ·        What is nationalism?

    ·        What is the difference between a nation and a state?

    ·        What is a nation-state?

    ·        What approaches have governments used to develop nations, states, and national identities?

    ·        What is the relationship between the desire to expand freedom and the development of national identity?

    ·        What is the relationship between the need to better understand/improve one’s world and the development of national identity?

    ·        What impact do personal identity, ethnicity, and religion have on the development of national identity/citizenship?

    ·        How did nationalism demonstrate a capacity to unify and mobilize people for both good and ill?

    ·        How did the dynamic tension between the desire for individual autonomy and collective national identity create conflicting demands on a society’s search for best government?

     

    Unit 4 – Identity, Power and Self-Determination in the Modern Middle East: How do identity and power impact the search for self-determination in the modern Middle East?

    Essential Questions:

    ·        What forces propel societies toward liberty, on the one hand, or authority on the other?

    ·        How do the dynamic tensions created by the desire for freedom and the need for order shape decisions made regarding best government?

    ·        How does the dynamic tension between the desire for individual autonomy and collective identity create conflicting demands on a society’s search for best government?

    ·        What impact do personal identity, political affiliation, ethnicity, and religion have on power relationships in the process of establishing best government?

    ·        How does individual and collective understanding of history and identity impact the struggle to establish best government?

     

    Unit 5 - Identity, Power and the Search for Self-Determination in Modern Latin America: How do identity and power impact the search for self-determination in the modern Latin America?

    Essential Questions:

    ·        What forces propel societies toward liberty, on the one hand, or authority on the other?

    ·        How does the dynamic tensions created by the desire for freedom and the need for order shape decisions made regarding best government?

    ·        How does the dynamic tension between the desire for individual autonomy and collective identity create conflicting demands on a society’s search for best government?

    ·        What impact do personal identity, political affiliation, ethnicity, and religion have on power relationships in the process of establishing best government?

    ·        How does individual and collective understanding of history and identity impact the struggle to establish best government?  


     

Last Modified on September 14, 2016