Unit I: The Ancient World – Civilizations and Belief Systems (4000 BC – 500 AD)
Unit I begins with geography and early man. It then moves through the river valley civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China, the early Middle Eastern and Indian empires, and ends with the classical civilizations of India, China and Europe. Major belief systems are addressed in context.
Unit II: Expanding Zones of Exchange and Encounter (500 – 1200 AD)
Unit II begins with a look at powerful Empires in the Middle East with the Byzantine Empire and then the rise of Islam and domination of Islamic caliphates. The unit then shifts focus to Africa, before moving to the Chinese T’ang and Song Dynasties. It wraps up with a look at the Middle Ages in Europe.
Unit III: Global Interactions (1200 - 1650 AD)
Unit III deals with the Eurasian continent just prior to the Encounter. It begins with a study of the Mongols, the Ming, and a look at Japan before transitioning back to Europe for the Renaissance and Reformation.
Unit IV: The First Global Age (1450 - 1770 AD)
Unit IV begins to chronicle the rise of the West with the Maritime Revolution and the Encounter. It takes a step backward to examine Mesoamerican civilizations, before proceeding through the Age of Exploration and the rise of Absolutism in Europe.