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The student will locate selected features of Europe. Locate on a world and regional political- physical map: the Danube River, Rhine River, English Channel, Mediterranean Sea, European Plain, the Alps, Pyrenees, Ural Mountains, Iberian Peninsula, and Scandinavian Peninsula. Locate on a world and regional political-physical map the countries of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.
The student will discuss environmental issues in European. Explain the major concerns of Europeans regarding the issues such as acid rain in Germany, air pollution in the United Kingdom, and the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, Ukraine.
The student will explain the impact of location, climate, natural resources, and population distribution in Europe. Compare how the location, climate, and natural resources of the United Kingdom and Russia affect where people live and how they trade. Compare how the location, climate, and natural resources of Germany and Italy affect where people live and how they trade.
The student will describe the cultural characteristics of European. Explain the diversity of European languages as seen in a comparison of German, English, Russian, French, and Italian. Describe the major religions in Europe; include Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Explain how the literacy rate affects the standard of living in Europe.
The student will compare and contrast various forms of government. Describe the ways government systems distribute power: unitary, confederation, and federal. Explain how governments determine citizen participation: autocratic, oligarchic, and democratic. Describe the two predominant forms of democratic governments: parliamentary and presidential
The student will explain the structure of modern European governments. Compare the parliamentary system of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom), the federal system of the Federal Republic of Germany (Germany), and the federation of the Russian Federation (Russia), distinguishing the form of leadership and the role of the citizen in terms of voting and personal freedoms. Describe the purpose of the European Union and the relationship between member nations.
The student will analyze different economic systems. Compare how traditional, command, and market, economies answer the economic questions of 1 -what to produce, 2-how to produce, and 3-for whom to produce. Explain how most countries have a mixed economy located on a continuum between pure and market and pure command. Compare the basic types of economic systems found in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Russia.
The student will analyze the benefits of and barriers to voluntary trade in Europe. Compare and contrast different types of trade barriers such as tariffs, quotas, and embargoes. Explain why international trade requires a system for exchanging currencies between nations
The student will describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Europe. Explain the relationship between investment in human capital (education and training) and gross domestic product (GDP)Explain the relationship between investment in capital (factories, machinery, and technology) and gross domestic product (GDP)Describe the role of natural resources in a country's economy. Describe the role of entrepreneurship.
The student will analyze the impact of European exploration and colonization on various world regions. Identify the causes of European exploration and colonization; include religion, natural resources, a market for goods, and the contributions of Prince Henry the Navigator. Trace the empires of Portugal, Spain, England, and France in Asia, Africa, and America. Trace the colonization of Australia by the United Kingdom. Explain the impact of European empire building in Africa and Asia on the outbreak of WWI.
The student will explain conflict and change in Europe to the 21st century. Describe major developments following World War I: the Russian Revolution, the Treaty of Versailles, worldwide depression, and the rise of NazismbExplain the impact of WWII in terms of the Holocaust, the origins of the Cold War, and the rise of Superpowers. Explain how the collapse of the Soviet Union led to the end of the Cold War and German reunification

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