Students in grade ten study major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth
century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. They trace the rise of
democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as
they pertain to international relations. They extrapolate from the American experience that democratic ideals
are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable, and are not practiced everywhere in the world.
Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic,
political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to
understand international relations from a variety of perspectives.