World History A

Course Description:

This semester course examines the major events and turning points of world history from ancient times to the present. Students investigate the development of classical civilizations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and they explore the economic, political, and social revolutions that have transformed human history. At the end of the course, students conduct a rigorous study of modern history, allowing them to draw connections between past events and contemporary issues. The use of recurring themes, such as social history, democratic government, and the relationship between history and the arts, allows students to draw connections between the past and the present, among cultures, and among multiple perspectives. Throughout the course, students use a variety of primary and secondary sources, including legal documents, essays, historical writings, and political cartoons to evaluate the reliability of historical evidence and to draw conclusions about historical events.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): World History A
Course Title (NCES SCED) : World History—Overview
Course Provider : Berrien Springs Public Schools
Content Provided By : Imagine Edgenuity Inc.
Online Instructor Provided By : Berrien Springs Public Schools
Standards Addressed : Michigan Merit Curriculum
Alignment Document :
Academic Terms : Semester
Subject Area : Social Sciences and History
Course Identifier : World History—Overview
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 2

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website :
Email : [email protected]
Phone : 269-473-0500

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Additional Course Information:

Additional Cost: $0.0

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Throughout the course, students will meet the following goals: • Investigate the development of civilization in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas and explore how societies change over time. • Analyze technological, political, social, and economic revolutions in world history. • Explore the conflicts between nations to present day, and analyze the challenges facing the modern world. • Describe cultural characteristics of societies over time, including the role of women, religion, and art and literature, and investigate the effects of technological innovation on economic and social change • Engage in routine writing in response to texts, concepts, and scenarios. • Use research skills to access, interpret, and apply information from multiple sources

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All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Fully Met The operating system, processor speed, plug-ins and connection speed are all visible for students within the Student Organizer shown below. Students can check the status of all necessary plugins from this screen.
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Course Overview and Introduction Rating Comments
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Legal and Acceptable Use Policies Rating Comments
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Review Conducted By: Berrien Springs Public Schools
Date of Review: 07/30/2014

When you log into Edgenuity, you can view the entire course map—an interactive scope and sequence of all topics you will study. The units of study are summarized below: Unit 1: Early Peoples Unit 2: Early Civilizations Unit 3: Eastern Culture and Civilization (550–1650) Unit 4: Medieval Europe (500–1450) Unit 5: Transition to Modern Times (1200–1700) Unit 6: Absolutism and the Rising Tide of Revolution (1500–1815) Unit 7: Nationalism and Industrialization (1800–1905) Unit 8: Imperialism and the Great War (1850–1920) Unit 9: World War II (1914–1939) Unit 10: The Cold War and Its Effects Unit 11: Decolonization and Independence Unit 12: Modern Issues in a Global Society

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Semester 08/02/2023 08/23/2023 09/12/2023 08/29/2023 01/19/2024 30 $0 $0
Semester 01/03/2024 01/17/2024 01/22/2024 06/05/2024 30 $0 $0
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Students will receive credit for completed courses with a 60% or higher. Semester 08/02/2023 08/23/2023
Students will receive credit for completed courses with a 60% or higher. Semester 01/03/2024 01/17/2024
Expect to work 5 hours per week on the course. Your teacher will communicate with you regularly through discussions, e-mail, chat, and system announcements. Through this communication with your teacher, you will monitor your progress through the course and improve your learning by reviewing material that was challenging for you.
School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
19-20 2 2 100.0%
18-19 7 7 100.0%
17-18 5 4 80.0%
16-17 13 13 100.0%
15-16 0 0 0.0% None
14-15 0 0 0.0% None
13-14 0 0 0.0%

Students will need a computer with high speed internet access. Complete specifications can be found at