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Syllabus and Mark Distribution – Grade 11 – History

Course Structure

1.Introduction to World History
Section A: Early Societies15
3.From the beginning of time
4.Early Cities
Section B: Empires20
6.An empire across three continents
7.Central Islamic lands
8.Nomadic Empires
Section C: Changing Traditions20
10.Three orders
11.Changing cultural traditions
12.Confrontation of cultures
Section D: Paths to Modernization20
14.The Industrial Revolution
15.Displacing indigenous People
16.Paths to modernization
 Map work (units 1-16)5
Project Work20
1. Introduction to World History

Section A: Early Societies

2. Introduction3. From the Beginning of TimeFocus: Africa, Europe till 15000 BC
  • (a) Views on the origin of human beings.
  • (b) Early societies.
  • (c) Historians’ views on present-day hunting-gathering societies.
4. Early CitiesFocus: Iraq, 3rd millennium BC
  • (a) Growth of towns.
  • (b) Nature of early urban societies.
  • (c) Historians’ Debate on uses of writing.

Section B: Empires

5. Introduction6. An Empire across Three ContinentsFocus: Roman Empire, 27 B.C to A.D 600.
  • (a) Political evolution
  • (b) Economic expansion
  • (c) Religion
  • (d) Late Antiquity.
  • (e) Historians’ views on the institution of Slavery.
7. Central Islamic LandsFocus: 7th to 12th centuries
  • (a) Polity
  • (b) Economy
  • (c) Culture.
  • (d) Historians’ viewpoints on the nature of the crusades.
8. Nomadic EmpiresFocus: the Mongol, 13th to 14th century
  • (a) The nature of nomadism.
  • (b) Formation of empires.
  • (c) Conquests and relations with other states.
  • (d) Historians’ views on nomadic societies and state formation.

Section C: Changing Traditions

9. Introduction10. Three OrdersFocus: Western Europe, 13th-16th century
  • (a) Feudal society and economy.
  • (b) Formation of states.
  • (c) Church and Society.
  • (d) Historians’ views on decline of feudalism.
11. Changing Cultural TraditionsFocus on Europe, 14th to 17th century.
  • (a) New ideas, and new trends in literature and arts.
  • (b) Relationship with earlier ideas
  • (c) The contribution of West Asia.
  • (d) Historians’ viewpoints on the validity of the notion ‘European Renaissance’.
12. Confrontation of CulturesFocus on America, 15th to 18th century.
  • (a) European voyages of exploration.
  • (b) Search for gold; enslavement, raids, extermination.
  • (c) Indigenous people and cultures – the Arawaks, the Aztecs, the Incas.
  • (d) The history of displacements.
  • (e) Historians’ viewpoints on the slave trade.

Section D: Paths to Modernization

13. Introduction14. The Industrial RevolutionFocus on England, 18th and 19th century.
  • (a) Innovations and technological change
  • (b) Patterns of growth.
  • (c) Emergence of a working class.
  • (d) Historians’ viewpoints, Debate on ‘Was there an Industrial Revolution?’
15. Displacing Indigenous PeopleFocus on North America and Australia, 18th-20th century.
  • (a) European colonists in North America and Australia.
  • (b) Formation of white settler societies.
  • (c) Displacement and repression of local people.
  • (d) Historians’ viewpoints on the impact of European settlement on indigenous population.
16. Paths to ModernizationFocus on East Asia, late 19th and 20th century.
  • (a) Militarization and economic growth in Japan.
  • (b) China and the Communist alternative.
  • (c) Historians’ Debate on the meaning of modernization
17. Map Work on Units 1-16