World History is the only course offering students an overview of the entire history of humankind. The major emphasis will be on the study of significant people, events, and issues from the earliest times to the present. Traditional historical points of reference in World History will be identified as students analyze important events and issues in western civilization as well as in civilizations in other parts of the world. Students will evaluate the causes and effects of political and economic imperialism and of major political revolutions since the 17th century. Students will examine the impact of geographic factors on major historic events and identify the historic origins of contemporary economic systems. Students will analyze the process by which democratic-republican governments evolved as well as ideas from historic documents that influenced that process. Students will trace the historical development of important legal and political concepts. Students will examine the history and impact of major religious and philosophical traditions. Students will analyze the connections between major developments in science and technology and the growth of industrial economics. They will use the process of historical inquiry to research, interpret, and use multiple sources of evidence.