Social Studies Standards

Michigan Social Studies Standards as of June 2019.

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Increasing Global Interconnections – describe the increasing global interconnections and new global networks that resulted in the spread of major innovations in governance, economic systems, cultural traits, technologies, and commodities.


Comparing Political Revolutions and/or Independence Movements – compare and contrast the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and one other revolution or independence movement that occurred in a region external to Europe from the standpoint of political, economic, and social causes and consequences.


Growth of Nationalism and Nation-States – compare and contrast the rise of nation-states in a western and non-western context.


Industrialization – compare and contrast the causes and consequences of industrialization around the world, including social, economic, and environmental impacts.


Imperialism – analyze the political, economic, and social causes and consequences of imperialism in different regions.


Power and Resistance – describe the global reconfigurations and restructuring of political and economic relationships throughout the 20th century and to the present, including state-organized efforts to expand power and the role of resistance movements against such efforts.


Global Conflict – compare and contrast the nature, extent, and impact of modern warfare with warfare in the previous eras, including the roles of ideology, technology, and civilians.


Genocide in the 20th Century – differentiate genocide from other atrocities and forms of mass killing and explain its extent, causes, and consequences in the 20th century and to the present.


Technological, Scientific, and Cultural Exchanges – describe significant technological innovations and scientific breakthroughs in transportation, communication, medicine, and warfare and analyze how they both benefited and imperiled humanity.


World War I – explain the causes, characteristics, and long-term consequences of World War I, including the major decisions of the Versailles Treaty.

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