World History and Geography

Course Description:

This course is a year long course in World History and Geography. offering a comparative study of how and why economic, social, political and intellectual factors shaped and defined the history of Western, European  and non-Western civilizations in the ancient, medieval, and early modern eras. This course also incorporates a geographical perspective to help students visualize, comprehend, and ask questions about why the human and physical systems occur in particular patterns and combinations, where they are on Earth’s surface, why they are there, and the consequences for people and the environment.

This course has been designed to align with the principles of the State of Michigan’s High School Social Studies Content Standards and Expectations.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): World History and Geography
Course Title (NCES SCED) : World History and Geography
Course Provider : Whitehall District Schools
Content Provided By : Michigan Virtual
Online Instructor Provided By : Whitehall District Schools
Standards Addressed : Michigan Merit Curriculum, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Michigan High School Content Expectations
Alignment Document :
Academic Terms : Year Long
Subject Area : Social Sciences and History
Course Identifier : World History and Geography
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 1.0
Sequence : 1 of 1

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website :
Email : [email protected]
Phone : (888) 889-2840

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Additional Course Information:

Additional Cost: $0.0

Additional Cost Description:


Students in this course will:

  • Evaluate and explain global patterns and developments over time while connecting more local patterns to larger interregional and global patterns.
  • Apply different analytical schemes, including global, regional, national and local to understand developments over time.
  • Compare and contrast within and among regions and societies, and across time.
  • Analyze and explain the historical and geographic context of human commonalities and differences, particularly in considering claims of universal standards or of cultural diversity, especially as it relates to world religions or belief systems.
  • Evaluate, explain and use key conceptual devices and resources world historians/geographers use to organize the past including periodization schemes (e.g., major turning points, different cultural and religious calendars), and different spatial frames (e.g., global, interregional, and regional).
  • Explain the basic features and differences between hunter-gatherer societies, pastoral nomads, civilizations, and empires, focusing upon the differences in their political, economic and social systems, and their changing interactions with the environment.
  • Identify the location and causes of frontier interactions and conflicts, and internal disputes between cultural, social and/or religious groups.
  • Analyze patterns of human behavior
  • Identify historical trends and themes
  • Engage in critical analysis of sources
  • Describe, compare, and evaluate historical and geographical data
  • Examine how humans have shaped the physical environment
  • Create presentations that demonstrate comprehension and application of course content
  • Use technology to present their ideas.

iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses

Academic Content Standards and Assessments Rating Comments
The goals and objectives clearly state what the participants will know or be able to do at the end of the course. The goals and objectives are measurable in multiple ways. Fully Met
The course content and assignments are aligned with the state’s content standards, Common Core curriculum, or other accepted content standards set for Advanced Placement® courses, technology, computer science, or other courses whose content is not included in the state standards. Fully Met
The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Fully Met
Multiple learning resources and materials to increase student success are available to students before the course begins. Fully Met
Course Overview and Introduction Rating Comments
Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course. Fully Met
Course requirements are consistent with course goals, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
Information is provided to students, parents and mentors on how to communicate with the online instructor and course provider. Fully Met
Legal and Acceptable Use Policies Rating Comments
The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Fully Met
Expectations for academic integrity, use of copyrighted materials, plagiarism and netiquette (Internet etiquette) regarding lesson activities, discussions, and e-mail communications are clearly stated. Fully Met
Privacy policies are clearly stated. Fully Met
Instructor Resources Rating Comments
Online instructor resources and notes are included. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
Assessment and assignment answers and explanations are included. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
Accessing Course Effectiveness Rating Comments
The course provider uses multiple ways of assessing course effectiveness. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
The course is evaluated using a continuous improvement cycle for effectiveness and the findings used as a basis for improvement. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
Course Updates Rating Comments
The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
Certification Rating Comments
Course instructors, whether faceto-face or virtual, are certificated and “highly qualified.” The online course teacher possesses a teaching credential from a state-licensing agency and is “highly qualified” as defined under ESEA. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
Instructor and Student Support Rating Comments
Professional development about the online course delivery system is offered by the provider to assure effective use of the courseware and various instructional media available. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
The course provider offers technical support and course management assistance to students, the course instructor, and the school coordinator. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, have been provided professional development in the behavioral, social, and when necessary, emotional, aspects of the learning environment. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, receive instructor professional development, which includes the support and use of a variety of communication modes to stimulate student engagement online. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
The provider assures that course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, are provided support, as needed, to ensure their effectiveness and success in meeting the needs of online students. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
Students are offered an orientation for taking an online course before starting the coursework. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
Instructional and Audience Analysis Rating Comments
Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. Fully Met
Course, Unit and Lesson Design Rating Comments
The course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Each unit and lesson includes an overview describing objectives, activities, assignments, assessments, and resources to provide multiple learning opportunities for students to master the content. Fully Met
Instructional Strategies and Activities Rating Comments
The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning. Fully Met
The course and course instructor provide students with multiple learning paths, based on student needs that engage students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
The course provides opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways. Fully Met
The course provides options for the instructor to adapt learning activities to accommodate students’ needs. Fully Met
Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met
Communication and Interaction Rating Comments
The course design provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including opportunities for timely and frequent feedback about student progress. Fully Met
The course design includes explicit communication/activities (both before and during the first week of the course) that confirms whether students are engaged and are progressing through the course. The instructor will follow program guidelines to address non-responsive students. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
The course provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student and student-student interaction to foster mastery and application of the material. Fully Met
Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Students have access to resources that enrich the course content. Fully Met
Evaluation Strategies Rating Comments
Student evaluation strategies are consistent with course goals and objectives, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
The course structure includes adequate and appropriate methods and procedures to assess students’ mastery of content. Fully Met
Feedback Rating Comments
Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction. Fully Met
Assessment strategies and tools make the student continuously aware of his/her progress in class and mastery of the content. Fully Met
Assessment Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Assessment materials provide the instructor with the flexibility to assess students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
Grading rubrics are provided to the instructor and may be shared with students. Fully Met
The grading policy and practices are easy to understand. Fully Met
Course Architecture Rating Comments
The course architecture permits the online instructor to add content, activities and assessments to extend learning opportunities. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
The course accommodates multiple school calendars; e.g., block, 4X4 and traditional schedules. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
User Interface Rating Comments
Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course. Fully Met
Rich media are provided in multiple formats for ease of use and access in order to address diverse student needs. Fully Met
Technology Requirements and Interoperability Rating Comments
All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Fully Met
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Fully Met
The course uses content-specific tools and software appropriately. Fully Met
The course is designed to meet internationally recognized interoperability standards. Fully Met
Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Fully Met
Accessibility Rating Comments
Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Fully Met
Data Security Rating Comments
Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met

Review Conducted By: Quality Matters
Date of Review: 01/20/2016

Unit 1: Foundations Era

Unit 2: Interactions in the Classical World (300- 1500)

Unit 3: Growth of Intra-Regional Trade (300-1500)

Unit 4: Regional Growth (to the 1500s)

Unit 5: Transoceanic Travel (15th to 18th Centuries)

Unit 6: Regional Development--Asia (through the 18th Century)

Unit 7: Regional Development--Europe and Americas (through the 18th Century)

Unit 8: Global Changes and Developments (16th Century through 1914)


Unit 9: Global Political Revolutions (18th Century - 1914) Age of Atlantic Revolutions Emerging Political Philosophies German and Italian Unification European Imperialism in Africa

Unit 10: Growth of Nationalism (18th Century - 1914) Mid-19th Century European and Liberalism European Political Consolidation Second Industrial Revolution Responses to Imperialism

Unit 11: Regional Transformations (18th Century - 1914) Meiji Restoration Decline of the Qing Dynasty Russo-Japanese War Belgian Congo

Unit 12: Global Power Struggle Emergence of Modern Warfare and Total War Alliance Systems Philosophies of European Superiority Genocide of the Armenian and Herero Peoples

Unit 13: Global Wars World War I Interwar Europe and Asia The Holocaust World War II

Unit 14: Regional Effects of War and Revolution Russian Revolutions Postwar World Rise of Asian Nationalism Conflicts in the Middle East

Unit 15: The Cold War and its Effects Origins of the Cold War Cold War Conflicts Korean and Vietnam Wars Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union

Unit 16: Post-Cold War Global Issues A Post-Empire World End of Apartheid in South Africa Instability in the Middle East A Global War on Terror

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Students can use chat, email or private message system within the course to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance.