DESCRIPTION OF THE CURRICULUM ORGANIZERS And Content
1. THE STUDY OF HISTORY
The prescribed learning outcomes (PLOs) in The Study of History emphasize the skills and attitudes associated with appreciating history and developing the skills needed for further study in history and related disciplines. The PLOs are interconnected rather than discrete. Beyond the skills of conducting research, students must, for example, be able to analyze the relevance of historical documents and records, develop interpretations of the documents they select, and demonstrate a sound grasp of the historical chronology and context in which the events took place. The learning outcomes, therefore, focus on the appreciation of history, interpretation of history, the skills of the historian, and the writing of history. They are meant to be applied, where appropriate, throughout the course.
2. CONFLICT AND CHALLENGE: THE WORLD OF 1919
The chronology for this organizer begins with the issues and problems facing the peacemakers at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. The world had just passed through the catastrophic conflict of the First World War, “the war to end all wars.” The global scale of the tragedy set the stage for the challenges facing the world in 1919, particularly those arising from the peace treaty, ideology, and the social, geopolitical, and economic upheavals that followed the war. This period introduces students to the concepts of nationalism and imperialism.
3. PROMISE AND COLLAPSE: 1919 – 1933
A brief period of apparent promise of renewed peace and prosperity followed the First World War. During the 1920s, international agreements suggested a willingness among nations to resolve conflicts through negotiation. The contentious issue of German reparation payments was alleviated, and the League of Nations, despite its political weaknesses, worked to improve living and working conditions. In studying this period, students examine the worldwide implications of the emergence and establishment of communism in Russia and fascism in Europe. The important influence of economic factors on events, especially in the United States is explored. The growth of consumerism, mass production and laissez faire policies are examined. This period also introduces the growing movement toward national self-determination in colonized countries.
4. TURMOIL AND TRAGEDY: 1933 – 1945
The Great Depression, which saw the collapse of many national economies, aided the rise of dictators who used aggression as an instrument of national policy. During this period, the League of Nations failed to come to terms with the reality of fascist aggression. Hopes for recovery and reconstruction were dashed. The problems associated with the aspirations of ethnic minorities intensified with the arbitrary national boundaries imposed at the Paris Peace Conference. The failure of the League to stop this aggression added to the turmoil around the world. At the same time, the inability of the leaders to settle disputes peacefully encouraged Japanese aggression in the Pacific and helped the expansionist policies of Mussolini and Hitler. The result was the tragedy and horror of the Second World War.
Evaluation: The students’ will be evaluated throughout the term in a variety of ways.
Assignments: All students are expected to complete all of their assignments and hand them in on time. If for a valid reason the student is not able to complete an assignment on time an extension may be granted in special circumstances. This requires a note from a parent explaining the special circumstances involved. Failure to hand in an assignment on time may result in a deduction or a zero for that assignment. Students are responsible for any work or tests missed due to absence or illness. It is the student’s responsibility to insure that this work is completed. Tests may not be retaken.
· Be in attendance and on time
· Bring the necessary materials to class
· Complete the necessary work
· Comply with the classroom rules