Social Studies - 2019-20

WG.11 d - Cultural Influences and Landscapes of South and Southeast Asia

The student will analyze the characteristics of the South Asian and Southeast Asian regions by 

d) recognizing cultural influences and landscapes.

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

A distinctive feature of the region is its cultural diversity. 

In the past, differences in the physical environment have enabled various areas to develop in isolation and adapt to the environment. Over the years, external influences have given way to a blend of different customs and traditions.

ESSENTIALS

Cultural influences 

  • Areas of extremely dense and sparse population 
  • Contrast between rural and urban areas 
  • Religious diversity: Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity 
  • Religious conflicts (Hindu vs. Muslim) 

Cultural heritage 

  • Silks 
  • Batik 
  • Jewels 

Cultural landscape 

  • Taj Mahal 
  • Angkor Wat 
  • Mosques, minarets 
  • Pagodas 
  • Temples and shrines 
  • Terraced rice fields 
  • Stupas

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jun 13, 2018