Social Studies - 2019-20

WG.7 d - Cultural Influences and Landscapes of Europe

The student will analyze the characteristics of the European region by 

d) recognizing cultural influences and landscapes. 

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Europe’s cultural landscape has been and is currently being changed by its settlers and by global, religious, and ethnic conflicts. As a result, diversity has increased. 

ESSENTIALS

Cultural influences 

  • Birthplace of western culture: Greece and Rome 
  • Spread of European culture to many other parts of the world (through exploration, colonization, imperialism) 
  • Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution 
  • Highly urbanized 
  • Many ethnic groups with different languages, religions, and customs 
  • Sporadic conflict among groups (wars, revolutions) 
  • One of the world’s most densely populated areas 
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 
Cultural landscape 

  • Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Tower of London 
  • Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Eiffel Tower 
  • Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa, St. Peter’s Basilica 
  • Parthenon 
  • Windmills 
  • Neuschwanstein Castle


KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jun 13, 2018