GS9 Per 5 Course Syllabus

Global Studies 9

Course Expectations

Instructors: Mr. Olander and Mrs. Frasco

Class Rules

  1. Respect yourself and others.
  2. When the bell rings students will be in their seats.
  3. Use appropriate language.
  4. Raise your hand to talk.
  5. Cellphones and Ipods must be put away.
  6. We expect your best effort.


Class Materials (required daily)

  1. A three-ring binder for Global Studies only.
  2. Pen or pencil.
  3. Textbook (World History)



  1. Homework: counts for 10% of your quarter grade.
  2. Classwork: will include class activities, projects, tests, quizzes and other assignments and will be worth 90% of your quarter grade.
  3. Exams: semester exams (mid-term and final) are 20% of the semester grade.


    Late/Redo Policy

    Homework can be handed in late, until the date of the topic assessment.  After that point, assignments cannot be made up.  Essays can be redone after they are submitted if students schedule a teacher meeting with evidence they have identified ways to improve their work.  


    Homework Expectations

    Homework is given on a daily basis and focuses on data collection. The emphasis is reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and basic analytical skills. Students are expected to develop and practice good study habits by means of preparing on a nightly basis for class through homework completion or reviewing class materials.


    Course Outline

    1. South Asia (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh)
      1. Geography
      2. Culture—Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam
      3. History—British imperialism, nationalism and independence
      4. Contemporary South Asia—society, government and current conflicts


      5. Japan and Korea
        1. Geography and culture of Japan and Korea
        2. History—Medieval Society, Modernization, WWII, Postwar growth
        3. Contemporary Japan and Korea


      6. Post-Independence Africa
        1. Apartheid South Africa
        2. Crises in Rwanda and Sudan
        3. Spread of democracy and economic growth
    2. East Asia
      1. China
        1. Geography
        2. Culture-- Confucianism, Taoism, Legalism
        3. History—European imperialism, nationalism and modernization, and the rise of communism
        4. Contemporary China—Chinese society and current events
    3. Sub-Saharan Africa
      1. Geography
      2. Tradition and Change in Africa
        1. Traditional culture of Nigeria
        2. Modern changes: Imperialism, Nationalism and Independence


If you ever have any questions or concerns, please come and see me, or Mrs. Frasco. You can also email us anytime at and



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