Social Studies - 2018-19

VUS.14d - Scientific and Technological Changes in American Culture

The student will apply social science skills to understand political and social conditions in the United States during the early twenty-first century by

d) explaining scientific and technological changes and evaluating their impact on American culture.


Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Contemporary America has experienced a wide variety of technological advancements that have significantly impacted American life.

ESSENTIALS

Industries benefiting from new technologies 

 Computer industry 

 Satellite systems: Global positioning systems (GPS) 

 Telecommunications: Smartphones 

 Internet-based businesses

Impact of new technologies on American life 

 Increased domestic and international travel for business and pleasure 

 Greater access to news and other information 

 Cheaper and more convenient means of communication 

 Convenience of online shopping opportunities 

 Hacking and personal identity theft 

 Social media 

 Telecommuting 

 Online course work 

 Growth of service industries 

 Advancements in medical research, including improved medical diagnostic and imaging technologies as well as stem cell research 

 Outsourcing and offshoring


KEY VOCABULARY

Terms & Events

Moral legitimacy

Humanitarian aid

Reunification

Persian Gulf War

Operation Desert Storm

NAFTA 

Sanctions

Apartheid

9/11

War in Afghanistan

War in Iraq

Right to privacy

Enumerated

Protection from government interference

Immigration policy (border issues)

Bilingual education

Citizenship requirements

Recent immigrants

Diversity

Space Exploration

Space Shuttle

Mars Rover

Voyager Missions

Hubble telescope

Satellites

GPS

Robotics

Personal Communication Devices

Telecommuting

Online coursework

Outsourcing

Offshoring

Diagnostic and Medical Imaging

 “Reagan Revolution”

Judicial restraint

Centrist Democrat

Inflation

Monetary policy

Fiscal policy

Expansion and contraction of economy

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Economic indicators

Exchange rates

Rate of inflation

Patriot Act (USA PATRIOT Act)

Military Initiatives

Diplomatic Initiatives

Homeland security

International terrorism

People

William J. Clinton

George W. Bush

George H.W. Bush

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Clarence Thomas

Sally Ride 

Dr. Jonas Salk

Sandra Day O’Connor

Ronald Reagan

William J. Clinton

George H.W. Bush

George W. Bush

Places

Germany

Yugoslavia

Eastern Europe

Vietnam

South Africa

Supreme Court Cases

Roe v. Wade

Riley v. California (2014)

Civil Rights Movement of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s

Loving v. Virginia (1967)

Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (2013)

Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)

Snyder v. Phelps (2011)

rule of law

Updated: May 18, 2018