Comparative Cultures 12

Curricular Competencies

Students are expected to be able to do the following:

  • Use Social Studies inquiry processes and skills to ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions
  • Assess the justification for competing accounts after investigating points of contention, reliability of sources, and adequacy of evidence, including data (evidence)
  • Compare and contrast continuities and changes for different groups and individuals at different times and places (continuity and change)
  • Explain different perspectives on past and present people, places, issues, and events, and distinguish between worldviews of the past or present (perspective)
  • Make reasoned ethical judgments about controversial actions in the past or present after considering the context and standards of right and wrong (ethical judgment)

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Students are expected to know the following:

  • definitions of culture and how these have changed over time
  • elements of culture and cultural expressions
  • conflict and conflict resolution within and between cultures
  • systems of power, authority, and governance
  • role of value systems and belief systems  in the development of cultures
  • interactions and exchanges between cultures
  • interactions between cultures and the natural environment

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