In this second segment of the course, students will study the Renaissance, Reformation, and the Age of Exploration, examining the growing economic interaction among civilizations. Students will learn about the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. They learn about the resulting growth of Enlightenment philosophy and the new examination of the concepts of reason and authority, the natural rights of human beings and the divine right of kings, experimentalism in science, and the dogma of belief. Finally, students assess the political forces let loose by the Enlightenment, particularly the rise of democratic ideas, and they learn about the continuing influence of these ideas in the world today.
Suggested Grade Level: 7
Suggested Prerequisite: Social Studies 7A