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High School | Social Studies | Sociology

Understand social systems, with an emphasis on the United States. A study of social systems has two important aspects that help people understand their roles as individuals and members of society. The first aspect is culture consisting of the language, literature, arts and traditions of various groups of people. Students should understand common characteristics of different cultures and explain how cultural contributions shape societies over time. The second aspect is the interaction among individuals, groups and institutions. Students should know how and why groups and institutions are formed, what roles they play in society, and how individuals and groups interact with and influence institutions.

Learning Objectives Grades 9-10

Compare characteristics of culture as reflected in language, literature, the arts, traditions and institutions:

  • Analyze the influence of cultural factors including customs, traditions, language, media, art and architecture in developing pluralistic societies.

Understand the roles and interactions of individuals and groups in society:

  • Analyze various forms of institutions (e.g., educational, military, charitable, governmental).

Understand how social systems form and develop over time:

  • Analyze major cultural exchanges of the past (e.g., Colombian exchange, the Silk Road, the Crusades).
  • Analyze major contemporary cultural exchanges as influenced by worldwide communications.

Learning Objectives Grades 11-12

Compare characteristics of culture as reflected in language, literature, the arts, traditions and institutions:

  • Compare ways in which social systems are affected by political, environmental, economic and technological changes.

Understand the roles and interactions of individuals and groups in society:

  • Use methods of social science inquiry (pose questions, collect and analyze data, make and support conclusions with evidence, report findings) to study the development and functions of social systems and report conclusions to a larger audience.

Understand how social systems form and develop over time:

  • Analyze how social scientists’ interpretations of societies, cultures and institutions change over time.

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