Social Studies 7
This course is a survey of the geographic, economic, historic, social and religious aspects of today’s world. The course is focused on studying the four continents (Europe, Africa, and Asia) situated in the Eastern Hemisphere of our planet. Each continent is studied through its various regions and specific representative countries. Both well known (Eastern and Western Europe) and lesser-known regions (Central and Southern Africa, Southwest and Central Asia) are covered in the course material. The main goal of the course is to give a broad perspective of the diverse cultures, regions and traditions that make up today’s world and how they are similar or different to our own traditions and beliefs. At the end of the course, students should develop a respect and understanding for the different cultures and people, and comprehend the major forces that shaped civilizations.
Social Studies 8
This is a course in which students study the geographic, historic, social and religious forces, which have forged the contemporary world. Throughout the academic year, students study forces (such as colonialism and nationalism) and events, which have shaped the cultures of Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, Australia and Oceania. This course serves not only to give students an understanding of the complexities of the world in which they live, but also provides them with the historical context necessary to better understand the contemporary world.