Grade 7: Eastern Hemisphere Geography

Standard 5: Culture & Economics

Content Standard 5: The student will compare common physical and human characteristics of regions which create identity or uniqueness and influence people’s perceptions of the Eastern Hemisphere.
Define the concept of region and explain how and why regions change over time through physical and human processes which operate to modify the Earth’s surface.
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Describe how cultural diffusion, both voluntary and forced, impacts society.
Explain patterns of global interdependence and world trade, including the impact of changing technology on trade routes.
Explain patterns of global economic interdependence and world trade, focusing on the concepts of balance of trade, supply and demand; compare the economic measurements of productivity, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Gross National Product (GNP). 
Analyze global interdependence which explains the outsourcing of technological and manufacturing jobs to developing regions
Analyze reasons for conflict and cooperation among groups, societies, and countries, including the creation and involvement of supranational organizations.
Describe how political, economic, and cultural forces challenge contemporary political arrangements leading to the devolution of states (civil wars, terrorism, genocide, and ethnic separatism).