9th 10th History Course Selection

Please choose from one of the following history courses for the 2017-18 school year:

A Study of War - Dr. Austin

This world history class views broad shifts in human development through the lens of large-scale violent conflict. War will be defined and wars will be categorized, and there will be ample opportunity to do case studies on both the most ancient and the most current conflicts and everything in between. The materials will be almost exclusively primary sources with some use of tertiary sources (films) which, for better and worse, play a large role in how we come to understand wars, and the various roles individuals play in making, preventing, profiting from, suffering from, learning lessons from, and rebuilding after those times in the course of human events when the talking has stopped and the shooting (in one form or another) has begun.

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Elements of Civilization: Prehistory and First Civilizations in World History -- Ms. Barenkamp

In 1940, when Pablo Picasso visited the caves in Lascaux, France, and saw the ancient cave paintings there, he reportedly exclaimed, “We have invented nothing!” He realized that he and his fellow modern artists were just repeating history — 30,000-year-old history in the case of the nearby Chauvet caves — without even knowing it. This course examines the earliest records of human existence, beginning in prehistory, and the elements of civilization that emerged independently across the globe as humans settled into the first cities and created organized societies. This course explores the ancient people who made their homes in Mesopotamia, the Nile and Niger Valleys, Oxus, the Indus Valley, sub-Saharan Africa, and in China’s earliest dynasties. Students will examine the same crumbling artifacts, including sculptures, paintings, pottery, and structures, that archaeologists and historians study, and see if they reach the same conclusions as the experts. By critically reading some of the earliest writings from these civilizations, we will uncover the values and beliefs of the people who came before us. We will study the mysterious demise of certain civilizations, look at the evidence and speculate as to how and why these civilizations fell. As it did for Picasso, history will reveal to us just where we are imitating and repeating the behaviors of our ancestors, and in so doing, it will teach us about ourselves.