Social Studies Standards

Michigan Social Studies Standards as of June 2019.

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Interwar Period – analyze the transformations that shaped world societies between World War I and World War II, including the economic depression, and the spread of fascism, communism, and nationalism in different world regions.


World War IIanalyze the causes, course, characteristics, and consequences of World War II, including the emergence the United States and Soviet Union as global superpowers.


Cold War Conflicts – analyze the causes and consequences of major Cold War conflicts, including the global reconfigurations and restructuring of political and economic relationships in the post-World War II era.


Revolution, Decolonization, and Democratization – evaluate the causes and consequences of revolutionary and independence movements in different world regions.


Case Studies of Genocide – analyze the development, enactment, and consequences of, as well as the international community's responses to, the Holocaust (or Shoah), Armenian Genocide, and at least one other genocide.


Emerging Global System – differentiate between the global systems of trade, migration, and political power from those in the previous era.


Diffusion of World Religions – evaluate the impact of the diffusion of world religions and belief systems on social, political, cultural, and economic systems.

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