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Science, Society, and Technology Connections
Below are expectations from the
Curriculum Standards for Social Studies of the National Council for the Social Studies that the "Korean Enigma" module addresses.

Identify and describe both current and historical examples of the interaction and interdependence of science, technology, and society in a variety of cultural settings.

Make judgments about how science and technology have affected the physical world and human society and our understanding of time, space, place, and human-environment interactions.

Analyze how science and technology influence the core values, beliefs, and attitudes of society, and how core values, beliefs, and attitudes of society shape scientific and technological change.

Evaluate various policies that have been proposed as ways of dealing with social changes resulting from new technologies.

Recognize and interpret varied perspectives about human societies and the physical world using scientific knowledge, ethical standards, and technologies from diverse world cultures.

Geography Connections
The "Korean Enigma" module also supports the National Geography Standards, which produce a geographically informed person, who sees meaning in the arrangement of things in space and applies a spatial perspective to life situations." Therefore, the geographically informed person knows and understands

The World in Spatial Terms
How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective

How to use mental maps to organize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial context

How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface

Places and Regions
The physical and human characteristics of places

That people create regions to interpret earth's complexity

How culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions

Physical Systems
The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface

Human Systems
The characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth's surface

The characteristics, distribution, and complexity of Earth's cultural mosaics

The patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth's surface

The processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement

How the forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth's surface

Environment and Society
How human actions modify the physical environment

How physical systems affect human systems

The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources

The Uses of Geography
How to apply geography to interpret the past

How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future

World History Connections
The "Korean Enigma" module supports several standards and objective identified by The National Center for History in the Schools in their National Standards for World History

Expanding the Zones of Exchange and Encounter
Major developments in East Asia in the era of the Tang dynasty, such as:

Chinese influence on the peoples of Inner Asia, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan

The spread and power of Buddhism in Tang China, Korea, and Japan. [Analyze cause-and-effect relationships]

How Buddhism was introduced from China to Korea and Japan.

How the Korean emperor encouraged Japan to adopt Buddhism.

Demonstrate understanding of Chinese influence on the peoples of Inner Asia, Korea, Southeast Asia, and Japan by:

  • Analyzing changes in Inner Asia, Korea, and Vietnam under the impact of Tang state and culture. [Marshal evidence of antecedent circumstances]
  • Constructing a map of Korea showing elevation and the proximity of the Japanese islands to the Chinese mainland.
  • Understanding the role geography played in the development of Japan. How it influenced Japan's relations with China and Korea.
  • Examining how the Tang dynasty extended its influence in East Asia.
  • Understanding to what extent did Korea and Vietnam adopted Chinese traditions.
  • Understanding to what extent did Korea and Vietnam resisted Chinese political domination.

Intensified Hemispheric Interactions
Regarding the significance of Mongol rule in China, Korea, Russia, and Southwest Asia, the Students Should Be Able to:

  • Assess the effects of the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars and colonization of Korea on the world-power status of Japan. [Analyze cause-and-effect relationships]
  • Analyze the reasons for Japan's imperial expansion in Korea and Manchuria and the rise of Japan as a world power. [Analyze cause-and-effect relationships]
  • Analyze the significance of international crises such the Korean War on international politics. [Formulate historical questions

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Additional Social Studies Connections
The "Korean Enigma" module richly supports the Ten Thematic Strands in Social Studies, identified by the National Council for the Social Studies.

1. Culture

2. Time, Continuity, and Change

3. People, Places, and Environment

4. Individual Development and Identity

5. Individuals, Groups, and Institutions

6. Power, Authority, and Governance

7. Production, Distribution, and Consumption

8. Science, Technology, and Society

9. Global Connections

10. Civic Ideals and Practices

 

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