World -- Civilizations and Religions (4000 BC - 500 AD)
This first unit explores a broad period of time roughly from 4000 BC to
500 AD by investigating early peoples; human migrations; the Neolithic Revolution;
early river civilizations; African and Eurasian classical civilizations;
the rise and fall of great empires, and the emergence and spread of the
major global belief systems. It is a time that shaped all subsequent periods.
In this unit, students are asked to investigate the meaning and characteristics
of culture. They discover the enduring interplay between agrarian civilizations
and nomadic cultures. Students are also introduced to human and physical
geography and the extent to which humans can control their environment.