SOCIAL STUDIES AT SUMMIT
EASTERN HEMISPHERE: ORIGINS
The Eastern Hemisphere: Origins course is designed to give students some continuity in both time and space as they begin to explore many civilizations in history which have provided a basis for their own. After a brief overview of prehistoric societies, students zoom in on the Mediterranean and Middle East to follow the development of the region for the first 3,000 years of civilization from agriculture forward. Beginning with Sumer and the early civilizations of the Fertile Crescent, they follow the rise and fall of the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Byzantine Empire, and Medieval Europe. Students travel the Silk Road to India, China, Japan and Korea,, and study the development of these civilizations over the same time period. Students then return to the Mediterranean to study the development of the European Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the Scientific Revolution.