March 29, 2011
Survey of the development of world civilizations since 1500.
- 1. The Origins of Global Interdependence, 1500-1800
- The Age of Revolution, 1750-1914
- The Age of Industry, 1750-1914
- The Age of Empire, 1750-1914
- The World in Upheaval: The World Wars, 1914-1945
- Decolonization and the End of Empires, 1900-present
- Nationalism and Political Identity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, 1900-present
- A World Without Borders, 1980 to the present
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to interpret primary and secondary sources and to compose an argument which uses them, as appropriate, for support.
- Analyze broad patterns of change on both interregional scales and within complex societies.
- Demonstrate an understanding of civilization through multiple analytical categories such as race, class, gender and ethnicity.
- Explain ways in which the world’s physical and natural environment has affected and been affected by developments in human history.
- Analyze ways in which human groups have interacted with one another, including trade, migration, warfare, cultural exchange, and biological exchange, from 1500 C.E. to present.
- Compare distinctive forms of political, social, and economic organization in the world and explain their historical significance.
- Identify major discoveries, inventions, and scientific achievements and explain their historical significance.
- Explain the historical significance of cultural developments such as art, music, architecture, literature and religion.
- Compare ideals, practices, and historical developments of major belief systems and philosophical systems.
- Analyze historical developments across national, regional, and cultural boundaries.
- Written essays and/or research projects.
- Essay exams.
Can also include:
- Classroom discussions that include primary and secondary sources.
- Objective exams.
- Classroom projects and presentations.
Bentley, Traditions and Encounters
Buillett, The Earth and Its Peoples
Duiker, World History
Fernandez Armesto, The World
Hill, A History of World Societies
Spielvogel, World History
Spodek, The World’s History