Grade eight social studies students will explore geography and contemporary world history. Students in Global Studies explore the regions of the world using geographic information from print and electronic sources. You will analyze important trends in the modern world such as demographic change, shifting trade patterns, and intensified cultural interactions due to globalization. Students participate in civic discussion on contemporary issues, conduct historical inquiry and study events over the last half century that have shaped the contemporary world. You will analyze connections between revolutions, independence movements and social transformations, and understand reasons for the creation of modern nation states. You will also learn that governments are based on different political philosophies and serve various purposes. By learning economic principles of trade and the factors that affect economic growth, students understand why there are different standards of living in countries around the world.