State Standard - Social Studies

Grade 7
Standard 2.0 Peoples of the Nation and World: Student will understand the diversity and commonality, human interdependence, and global cooperation of the people of Maryland, the United States, and the World through a multicultural and a historic perspective.
A. Elements of Culture
1. Analyze characteristics that are used to organize people into cultures
a. Apply understandings of the elements of culture to the studies of modern world regions, such as art, music, religion, government, social structure, education, values, beliefs and customs
b. Describe the characteristics of a sovereign nation, such as the legitimate use of authority, autonomy and establishment of borders
c. Describe the characteristics of democratic and authoritarian societies
B. Cultural Diffusion
1. Analyze how diverse cultures shape a pluralistic society
a. Identify cultural groups within a contemporary world region
b. Describe how migration contributes to the diversity of nations and regions
c. Analyze how cultural diffusion is influenced by factors, such as trade, migration, immigration and conflict
2. Examine how increasing diversity in global societies results from immigration, settlement, and economic development
a. Examine policies related to human rights, such as foreign aid, subsidies to developing countries, ethnic persecution and economic sanctions
b. Examine contemporary world wide concerns that affect international relationships, such as world health, nation building, national security, and human rights
C. Conflict and Compromise
1. Analyze major sources of tension, cooperation, and conflict in the world and the efforts that have been made to address them
a. Evaluate causes of conflict in the global community, such as Apartheid, the acquisition of natural resources, the decline of communism, ethnic persecution, and domestic and international terrorism
b. Analyze and describe the efforts of world nations and groups to assist in the resolution of conflicts within and among regions, such as the United Nations, the International Red Cross/Red Crescent, United States Agency for International Development and other humanitarian organizations
c. Analyze and describe efforts by nations to promote cooperation within and among those regions, such as the creation of the International Monetary Fund, North American Free Trade Agreement, World Bank, European Union and world-wide healthcare initiatives


MSDE has developed a toolkit for these standards which can be found online at:


Date: 1/27/2015