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  • World History since 1500
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Survey of the development of world civilizations since 1500.


  1. 1. The Origins of Global Interdependence, 1500-1800
  2. The Age of Revolution, 1750-1914
  3. The Age of Industry, 1750-1914
  4. The Age of Empire, 1750-1914
  5. The World in Upheaval: The World Wars, 1914-1945
  6. Decolonization and the End of Empires, 1900-present
  7. Nationalism and Political Identity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, 1900-present
  8. A World Without Borders, 1980 to the present 

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to interpret primary and secondary sources and to compose an argument which uses them, as appropriate, for support.
  2. Analyze broad patterns of change on both interregional scales and within complex societies.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of civilization through multiple analytical categories such as race, class, gender and ethnicity.
  4. Explain ways in which the world’s physical and natural environment has affected and been affected by developments in human history.
  5. 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.
  6. Compare distinctive forms of political, social, and economic organization in the world and explain their historical significance.
  7. Identify major discoveries, inventions, and scientific achievements and explain their historical significance.
  8. Explain the historical significance of cultural developments such as art, music, architecture, literature and religion.
  9. Compare ideals, practices, and historical developments of major belief systems and philosophical systems.
  10. Analyze historical developments across national, regional, and cultural boundaries.

Will include:

  1. Written essays and/or research projects.
  2. Essay exams.

Can also include:

  1. Classroom discussions that include primary and secondary sources.
  2. Objective exams.
  3. 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

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