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Sample Enduring Understandings

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  • When the fundamental needs of a society are not met, conflict and/or change will result.
  • Changes in society are catalysts for new opportunities in exploration and invention; likewise, exploration and invention stimulate change in society.
  • All change has both immediate and long-term roots in the past, as well as branches into the future.
  • Individuals can impact societies and even bring about change by reacting to the existing structure in accordance with their beliefs and ideals.
  • The survival of the individual members of a society depends on their ability to adapt to social and economic changes.



  • Individual rights and responsibilities vary depending on the type of governance and the social and economic conditions of a society.
  • In order to be effective, systems of governance must meet the needs and values of society.
  • Governance is structured in accordance with the economic conditions and the social and cultural values of a society.
  • Societies must maintain equilibrium between individual freedoms and the welfare of the community as a whole.



  • Economic systems are based on the relationship between the physical environment (including, climate, geography, and natural resources) and the lifestyles and cultural values of a society.
  • Supply of resources and demands of society affect the production, distribution, price, and consumptionof goods and services.
  • Cultures make distinctions between the things that are necessary for survival and those that are considered luxuries.
  • Division of labor enables societies to meet their economic needs.



  • Economic stability allows for the development of cultural institutions, while economic crises can spur important cultural changes.
  • Historical interpretation is influenced by the cultural perspective of the observer. 
  • Culture is the product of the collective expression of human work and thought.
  • Societies are held together by common values and ideals.
  • Race, gender, age, and wealth contribute to class distinctions and social stratification.
  • Values, ethical norms, and traditions are communicated through education, the arts, literature and religion.
  • Each generation challenges, tests, and transforms the values it inherits.
  • The economic, social, and political practices of a society are all interdependent with its values.
  • Differences between cultures often veil similarities.
  • Relationships between cultures involve some combination of conflict and cooperation.
  • Analyzing history allows us to learn about ourselves and make informed decisions that shape our future.


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