Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Locate on maps the geographical centers of historical development since 1500 C.E. to the present.
2. Identify and analyze the interrelationships among major world civilizations and their unique contributions to the Western tradition, and assess their continuing influence today.
3. Apply historical knowledge to an analysis of controversial issues in world history.
4. Compare and contrast differing opinions on critical historical developments, and distinguish disciplined historical thinking from fable and antiquarianism.
5. Demonstrate critical, independent thinking through analysis of historical events and trends using a variety of primary and secondary sources.
I. Centers of Civilization in 1500 C.E.
A. East Asia
B. Mughal India
C. The Ottoman Empire
D. Sub-Saharan Africa
F. The Americas
II. Emerging Global Interrelations
A. Contact, commerce, and colonization
B. European exploration and expansion
C. Asian markets and prosperity
III. Atlantic World
B. West Africa
C. The Americas
IV. Empires and Struggles for Power in Asia
A. Islamic empires in the Middle East
B. Qing Dynasty in China
C. Korea and Tokugawa Japan
V. Age of Rebellions and Independence, 1750-1850
A. Europe and North America
B. Ottoman Empire
C. Independence in the Americas
D. Religious movements and rebellion in Africa and Asia
VI. Reactions to Change
A. Political and social demands
C. Restoration of traditional order
VII. Nations and Empires in the 19th Century
A. Consolidation of states in Europe
B. Nationbuilding in the Americas and Asia
C. Age of imperialism
D. Native resistance and accommodation
VIII. Upheaval and the 20th Century
A. Unrest in Africa and China
B. Indian nationalism
IX. The Great War and Visions of Modernity
A. World War I
B. Mass culture and consumption
C. Ideologies under pressure
D. Fascism and dictatorships
X. World War II and Globalization
A. World War II
B. The Cold War
C. End of colonialism
D. The world community
1. Weekly reading assignments of 35-70 pages per week. These readings will include both primary and secondary sources.
2. Ten to twelve pages of out-of-class writing. These may be short reaction papers, analytical essays, or research papers. An analytical component must be part of these assignments.
3. Six to ten quizzes and/or in-class group assignments.
4. One to two midterms and a final examination. (All exams must be in class and include a written essay.)
5. Other assignments may include group presentations.
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
30 - 50%
|Reaction papers, analytical essays or research papers||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
40 - 65%
|Quizzes, midterms, final||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
0 - 10%
|Group assignments and presentations||
The World: A History (2nd), vol. 2, Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe. Pearson Education: 2007.
The World's History (3rd), vol. 2, Spodek, Howard. Pearson Education: 2006
Worlds Together, Worlds Apart (3rd), vol. 2, Tignor, Robert, et al. Norton & Co: 2010.