Contemporary International Studies

Instructor    Lucas Rewa
Phone         269-323-5537
Building      Northern High School
Room          2124

Course Description:  This course will examine the modern world from a variety of historical and cultural perspectives. Major themes such as nationalism, modernism, revolution and mass movements will be examined. The five basic themes of geography will also be emphasized throughout the course. This course will also allow students to investigate the historical roots of contemporary issues found in the realms of politics, economics, the media, popular culture, education, and race and gender issues.

Essential Learning Expectations: 
  • Summarize the key foundations of the modern world including the World Wars and their impact on Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
  • Examine various arenas of conflict during the Cold War (potential areas of study could include but are not limited to:  the ways the Soviet Union and the United States attempted to expand power and influence; ideological and military competition; the arms and space race)
  • Compare and analyze state building in two Asian Countries.
  • Evaluate the origins of political, economic, or social conflict in the Middle East.
  • Describe the effects of decolonization and the challenges of nation building in Africa.
  • Evaluate how economic conditions influence political or social events in Latin  America.
  • Identify political and physical geographic features from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
  • Evaluate selected events, trends and forces that increase global interdependence and expand global networks.
Course Requirements: District Quarterly Assessments

Text used and other recommended materials: 
  • World History: The Human Journey. TX: Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 2005.
  • A variety of articles and excerpts from scholarly texts
  • Primary Source Documents

At the end of the marking period, the teacher will calculate students’ grades from tests, daily quizzes, specific assignments, etc.  Letter grades will be assigned by the scale below.  

Student scores that result in .05 or higher should be rounded up.  The following percentage scale applies.
100 - 91.5  = A
91.4 - 89.5 = A-
89.4 - 87.5 = B+
87.4 - 81.5 = B
81.4 - 79.5 = B-
79.4 - 77.5 = C+
77.4 - 71.5 = C 
71.4 - 69.5 = C-
69.4 - 67.5 = D+
67.4 - 61.5 = D
61.4 - 59.5 = D-
59.4 - 0      = E
Grades will be rounded up only to the tenth place during this calculation.  Students will only earn a passing grade for a marking period if they achieve at or above 59.45%, which rounds to 59.5%.

The final semester grade is based on a composite of two nine-weeks’ grades and the final examination/culminating assessment/project.  Each nine weeks is worth approximately 43%, and the semester exam/project or District Culminating Activity assessment is worth approximately 14%.