Florida Department of Education COURSE DESCRIPTIONS -
GRADES 9-12, ADULT
Subject Area: Social Studies Course Number: 2100350 Course
Title: Florida History Credit: 0.5
A. Major concepts/content. Students understand the
development of the state of Florida within the context
of history by examining connections to the past to
prepare for the future as participating members of a
democratic society. Students use knowledge pertaining
to history, geography, economics, political processes,
religion, ethics, diverse cultures and humanities to
solve problems related to the multifaceted issues that
will face them in the 21st century.
The content should include, but not be limited to, the
-geographic, historic and time-space relationships
-evolution of Florida's diverse heritage through
Spanish, French, British and American occupations
-Florida's Native-American population
-American annexation and territorial experience
-statehood and an analysis of Florida's first
-system of slavery
-Florida under the Confederacy and Reconstruction
-Florida's role as a part of the new South
-technological and urban transformations of the state
-evolution of Florida lifestyles and ideals over the
-historic evolution of the Florida economy
-Florida's diverse geographic regions and population
-changes in state government over time
-Florida's present-day problems and potentials
-state's prospects in short-term future
B. Course Requirements. After successfully completing
this course, the student will:
1. Understand how contemporary Florida society is shaped
by the experiences of the past.
2. Explain the significance of physical and cultural
geography on the development of Florida society.
3. Compare major individuals, events and characteristics
of historical periods in Florida history.
4. Understand current and historic events from the
perspective of diverse cultural and ethnic groups.
5. Compare Florida's ethnic cultures, past and present,
based on their political and economic systems, religious
and moral beliefs and socialization processes.
6. Explain how major Florida traditions (political,
economic and social) changed or altered historical patterns
of development in the state.
7. Identify causes and effects of various changes in the
historical development of Florida.
8. Understand the interaction of science, society and
technology in Florida historical development.
9. Explain the uniqueness of the Florida people as a
synthesis of various cultures.
10. Apply research, study, critical-thinking and decision-
making skills and demonstrate the use of new and emerging
technology in problem solving.