Evaluate the events, trends and forces that are increasing global interdependence and expanding global networks and evaluate the events, trends and forces that are attempting to maintain or expand autonomy of regional or local networks.


CG1 Population

Explain the causes and consequences of population changes over the past 50 years by analyzing the
  • population change (including birth rate, death rate, life expectancy, growth rate, doubling time, aging population, changes in science and technology)
  • distributions of population (including relative changes in urban-rural population, gender, age, patterns of migrations, and population density)
  • relationship of the population changes to global interactions, and their impact on three regions of the world

CG2 Resources

Explain the changes over the past 50 years in the use, distribution, and importance of natural resources (including land, water, energy, food, renewable, non-renewable, and flow resources) on human life, settlement, and interactions by describing and evaluating
  • change in spatial distribution and use of natural resources
  • the differences in ways societies have been using and distributing natural resources
  • social, political, economic, and environmental consequences of the development, distribution, and use of natural resources
  • major changes in networks for the production, distribution, and consumption of natural resources including growth of multinational corporations, and governmental and non-governmental organizations (e.g., OPEC, NAFTA, EU, NATO, World Trade Organization, Red Cross, Red Crescent)
  • the impact of humans on the global environment

CG3 Patterns of Global Interactions

Define the process of globalization and evaluate the merit of this concept to describe the contemporary world by analyzing
  • economic interdependence of the world’s countries and world trade patterns
  • the exchanges of scientifi c, technological, and medical innovations
  • cultural diffusion and the different ways cultures/societies respond to “new” cultural ideas and patterns
  • comparative economic advantages and disadvantages of regions, regarding cost of labor, natural resources, location, and tradition
  • distribution of wealth and resources and efforts to narrow the inequitable distribution of resources

CG4 Conflict, Cooperation, and Security

Analyze the causes and challenges of continuing and new conflicts by describing
  • tensions resulting from ethnic, territorial, religious, and/or nationalist differences (e.g., Israel/Palestine, Kashmir, Ukraine, Northern Ireland, al Qaeda, Shining Path)
  • causes of and responses to ethnic cleansing/genocide/mass extermination (e.g., Darfur, Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia)
  • local and global attempts at peacekeeping, security, democratization, and administering international justice and human rights
  • the type of warfare used in these conflicts, including terrorism, private militias, and new technologies