World Studies Syllabus - College Prep


Course Description


World Studies is designed to introduce students to major belief systems, the eras of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation and the Enlightenment. Organized in a chronological fashion, the course of study enables students to understand world, political, economic, religious, and social ideas, as well as values and attitudes to provide a full appreciation of their cultural heritage and diversity. Academic skills such as critical thinking, writing, and primary and secondary source analysis are developed.



The student will:

  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history
  • Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content
  • Write routinely over extended time frames
  • Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives
  • Create various forms of written work to be collected in their portfolios



Various forms of assessments include – homework, classwork, quizzes, tests, Document Based Questions, and Common Form Assessments (DBQs and CFAs)


Units of Study


Unit One – World Religions – How do belief systems impact the lives of their followers?

Unit Two – Medieval Times – This unit will explore life during the Medieval Times, 800 to 1492.

Unit Three and Four - This unit will explore the Renaissance and the Reformation.

Unit Five - This unit will explore Exploration, Monarchies, and various Revolutions of this era.

Missing / Make-Up Work

Students, who are absent, excused or unexcused, are expected to make up all work.  Students have as many school days to make up work as they were absent, and this time period begins upon the student’s return to school. 




In accordance with the school policy, students with more than (3) unexcused absences in a marking period will lose the right to attain a weighted letter grade.  Credit may still be granted if a student:

  1. completes all missing work within the allowed time frame;
  2. demonstrates understanding of all course competencies; and
  3. passes the final examination.


At DHS we expect the highest standards of academic honesty.  Academic dishonesty is prohibited in accordance with school policy.  This policy prohibits cheating on examinations, unauthorized collaboration on assignments, unauthorized access to examinations or course materials, plagiarism, and other proscribed activities.




Homework                                          20%


Classwork and participation                20%


Quizzes                                               25%


Tests, Essays, and Projects               35%