E T S Praxis Series

Social Studies: Content Knowledge (0081)

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Topics Covered

Representative descriptions of topics covered in each category are provided below.

Current section: I. United States History

II. World History

  • Knows the formation, organization, and interactions of the classical civilizations of Greece, Rome, Persia, India, and China in the period 1000 B.C.E. to 500 C.E.
  • Knows the main aspects of the transformation of classical civilizations as a result of invasions, trade, and the spread of religions in the period 300 to 1400 C.E.
  • Knows the major political, social, and economic developments in Europe from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment.
  • Knows the major political, social, economic, and biological causes and effects of growing global interactions, including trade, exploration, and colonization in the period 1200 to 1750 C.E.
  • Knows the major causes and consequences of revolutions, nationalism, and imperialism in the period 1750 to 1914 C.E.
  • Knows the major ideological, economic, and political causes and consequences of the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War (e.g., Russian Revolution, decolonization).
  • Knows the major developments of the post-Cold War world (e.g., growth of the globalized economy, rise of fundamentalism and nationalism).
  • Understands how technological innovations and adaptations have shaped world societies.
  • Understands the roles of major world religions in shaping societies and effecting major historical turning points.
  • Knows the role of trade and other forms of economic exchange (e.g., tribute, gift giving) both within societies and in contacts between societies.
  • Understands the major political ideologies that have influences on the organization of societies in the modern world (e.g., totalitarianism, liberalism, nationalism).
  • Understands the major economic transformations that have affected world societies (e.g., spread of the market economy, industrialization).
  • Understands the major differences and similarities in family structure and gender roles across societies.
  • Understands the roles of both conflict and cooperation in shaping and transforming societies.
  • Understands the major demographic trends in world history and their effects.