GS9 Per 7 Course Syllabus

Global Studies 9 L2

Course Expectations


Instructor: Mr. Olander                                       Email:

Class Rules

1.     Respect yourself and others.

2.     When the bell rings students will be in their seats. If you are not to class by the time the bell rings, you are considered tardy.

3.     Use appropriate language and behaviors.

4.     Raise your hand to talk.

5.     Listen.

6.     Cellphones and devices must be put away. I will let you know when it is ok to use them.

7.     I expect your best effort. Have high expectations for yourself.

8.     ALWAYS cite your sources.


Class Materials (required daily)

1.     A three-ring binder for Global Studies only.

2.     Pen or pencil.

3.     Textbook (World History)



1.     Homework is worth 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.     Each semester exam is 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 by either completing homework or reviewing class materials.


Course Outline

I.                    South Asia (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh)

                                                              i.      Geography

                                                            ii.      Culture—Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam

                                                          iii.      History—British imperialism, nationalism and independence

                                                          iv.      Contemporary South Asia—society, government and current conflicts


II.                 East Asia

                                                              i.      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

                                                           ii.      Japan and Korea

1.     Geography and culture of Japan and Korea

2.     History—Medieval Society, Modernization, WWII, Postwar growth

3.     Contemporary Japan and Korea


III.              Sub-Saharan Africa

                                                              i.      Geography

                                                            ii.      Tradition and Change in Africa

1.     Traditional culture of Nigeria

2.     Modern changes: Imperialism, Nationalism and Independence

                                                          iii.      Post-Independence Africa

1.     Apartheid South Africa

2.     Crises in Rwanda and Sudan

3.     Spread of democracy and economic growth


If you ever have any questions or concerns, please come and see me, or you can email me anytime at



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