Florida Department of Education course descriptions grades 9-12, Course Title: Multicultural Studies Credit: 5



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Florida Department of Education COURSE DESCRIPTIONS - GRADES 9-12,

Course Title: Multicultural Studies Credit: 0.5
A. Major concepts/content. This course provides students with the opportunity to acquire an understanding of multicultural studies. Topics include, but are not limited to, the influence of geography on the social and economic development of Native American culture, the influence of major historical events on the development of a multicultural American society and a study of the political, economic and social aspects of Native American, Hispanic American, African American and Asian American culture.
B. Course Requirements.

After successfully completing this course, the student will:



  • Explain the significance of geography on the development of Native American civilization.

  • Understand how contemporary civilizations depend on the contributions of past civilizations.

  • Understand the multicultural basis of American society.

  • Explain the impact of immigration on the development of American society.

  • Compare Native American, Hispanic American, African American and Asian American cultures.

  • Understand historical and current events from the perspective of various cultural groups.

  • Identify causes and effects on various changes in historical development.



Multicultural Studies Curriculum


  1. Geography and the development of Native American civilization.




    1. Trace the route of the first inhabitants’ migration to the Americas.

      1. Nomads

      2. Beringia




    1. Explain the origins and impact of agriculture in the Americas.

      1. Agricultural revolution

      2. Maize

      3. Civilization defined




    1. Identify Native American cultures within various regions.




      1. Southwest: Anasazi; Hohokam

      2. Pacific Coast: Tlingit; Chinook

      3. Great Plains: Sioux

      4. Northeast: Algonquian; Iroquois

      5. Southeast: Cherokee




  1. Contemporary civilizations depending upon past civilizations.




    1. Case Studies: Navajo code talkers; Aborigines’ Land Disputes

III. The multicultural basis of American society.




  1. Understand key concepts of cultural diversity

    1. Social categories

      1. Age

      2. Gender

      3. Religion

    2. Ethnocentrism: judging others in terms of a cultures own standards

    3. Cultural universals

      1. Sports

      2. Cooking

      3. Education

      4. Etiquette

      5. Housing

      6. Family

      7. Language

IV. The impact of immigration on the development of American society.




  1. Analyze the circumstances surrounding the great wave of immigration after the Civil War.

    1. Jobs available

    2. Few restrictions

    3. Forced military service

    4. Religious persecution




  1. Describe hardships and persecutions faced by various people groups in the immigration process.

    1. Steerage

    2. Ellis Island

    3. Separation of ethnic groups

      1. Little Italy

      2. Chinatown

      3. Lower East Side




  1. Evaluate how nativism affected immigration policies.

    1. Irish Catholics

    2. Labor Unions

V. Asian Culture in America


A. Culture

1. Assimilation

2. How Asian Americans portray themselves

B. Multiracial

1. Hapa Asian Americans

C. Religion

1. Spirituality

2. Faith
VI. Asian History in America


A. The First Asian Americans

1. Construction & Destruction -- Japanese Internment

B. The 1965 Immigration Act

1. Civil Rights

2. Laws and justice

C. Celebrate APA Heritage Month

D. Statistics about Asian Americans

1. Socioeconomic Statistics

2. Demographics

E. The Academic Side of Asian American History

F. 442nd: Rescue of the Lost Battalion
VII. African History in America
A. Slave Trade

1. Abolition

B. Civil Rights and Constitutional Rights

1. Struggle for Constitutional rights

2. Struggle for Civil Rights

C. The Soul of African Americans

1. Myths

2. Values

3. Cultures

4. Traditions

5. The Harlem in American Renaissance
D. Contributions of African Americans to the U.S.

1. Art


2. Literature

3. Music


4. Politics

5. Science

6. Religion
VIII. Native American History in America
A. European Colonization

1. Initial impacts

2. Early relations

3. Relations during and after the American Revolutionary War

4. Removal and reservations

5. Current status

6. Blood Quanta
B. Cultural Aspects

1. Generational structure

2. Tribal structure

3. Society and art

4. Religion

5. Native Americans and African American slaves

6. Gender roles

7. Music and art

8. Economy
C. Depictions by European and Americans
D. Terminology differences

1. Common usage in the United States

2. State percentages
IX. Latinos and Hispanics in the United States
A. History of the various Latino and Hispanic groups

1. Cuban Americans

2. Mexican Americans

3. Puerto Ricans

4. Spanish Americans

5. South American countries

6. Central American countries
B. Religions

1. Christians Latinos

2. Latino Jews

3. Latino Muslims


C. Political Movements

1. Hispanics and politics

2. Chicano Movement

D. Organizations

1. Association of Hispanic Arts

2. Congressional Hispanic Caucus

3. LULAC -NALFO-SHPE

4. National Council of La Raza

5. NALEO-MECHA-UFW
E. Culture

1. Hispanic culture

2. Literature

3. Art


4. Music
F. Languages

1. Apanish

2. Spanish in the United States

3. French - Frespanol

4. English - panglish

5. Portuguese - Portunol - Portingles



6. Hebrew - Ladino language






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