Global Studies 10
The Global Studies Regents Exam is given at the end of the tenth grade in all public and most private high schools in New York State. This Regents exam covers world history as taught in 9th and 10th grade.
The curriculum focuses on major ideas and themes in the nine regions of the world beginning 5,000 years ago. Students study what the different regions have in common and what makes them different.
This two-year Global Studies course, which helps students prepare for the Regents Exam, includes geography, social and economic conditions, and political events.
Students explore developments in one region and how these events affected certain regions but made no difference on development in other regions. Students consider what tied these regions together and what tore them apart physically, economically and socially as well as politically.
For example, students might look at several Asian countries during the European Renaissance. After learning what “renaissance” means, they can then decide whether any of the Asian countries had a “renaissance” and how that differed from the Renaissance in Italy or France.
Or they might study nationalism in the early 20th century by comparing the Boxer Rebellion in China to the Anglo-Boer War in South Africa.
They learn the differences between cultures protected by natural barriers and cultures lacking natural barriers. Students explore how scientists, political and social reformers, writers and revolutionaries have impacted history.
Students study how different forms of government from communism to monarchies to democracies work. They look at how and why international organizations such as NATO and OPEC have been formed and the effect of these groups world-wide.