World History

This two-semester social science core course is designed to cover the key political, economic, and social developments that have shaped our world over the past five centuries. Have you ever wondered why we have certain laws, certain political structures, or certain national borders? World History and Geography attempt to answer questions like that and many others concerning how our world developed into what we see and experience today. These two courses will go into detail about how the political systems and legal codes that characterize modern democratic societies were developed. We explore a number of significant political and social revolutions that occurred in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, giving rise to new concepts of citizenship and individual rights. We will move on to examining the world in the twentieth century when societies were forced to deal with new value systems, challenges to traditional modes of authority, and unresolved political interests. Moving toward the twenty-first century, we go into depth regarding new nations that emerged from colonialism, lingering problems related to race, religion, ethnicity, and national borders. It also takes a look at issues of wealth disparities and violence in our societies today and provides the opportunity to look at contemporary social, political, and economic trends through the lens of modern history.

These courses will challenge you to explore complex moral and philosophical issues, as well as practice your critical thinking abilities and hone your finest writing skills.

RECOMMENDED PRE-REQUISITE: None

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SEMESTER 1

Unit 1: Development of Western Thought

  • Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman Traditions
  • Platonic and Aristotelian Ideas
  • Impact of the U.S. Constitution

Unit 2: Political Revolutions

  • Western Political Philosophy
  • The Glorious Revolution
  • The American Revolution
  • The French Revolution
  • Napoleon's Europe

Unit 3: Industrialization in Western Europe, North America, and Japan

  • Beginnings of Industrialization
  • Industrial Technology
  • Urbanization
  • Life In a Factory
  • Economic and Cultural changes
  • The Results of Industrialization

Unit 4: New Imperialism in South Asia and Africa

  • New Imperialism
  • World Empires: British and French
  • Reactions to Colonialism
  • Independence Movements

Unit 5: Causes and Course of the First World War

  • 1914: Origins of a Conflict
  • The Great War: Course of Events
  • Casualties of War
  • Devastation and Peace

SEMESTER 2

Unit 6: Aftermath of the First World War

  • Post War: The Treaty of Versailles
  • Post War: Political Changes and Population Shifts
  • Cultural Reactions to WWI

Unit 7: Rise of Totalitarian Governments

  • Soviet Russia: From Lenin to Stalin
  • Fascism in Germany and Italy
  • Europe on the Brink

Unit 8: World War II

  • Rising Aggressions in Asia and Europe
  • Mobilizing for War
  • The War Progresses
  • Results of the War

Unit 9: Post-WWII and the Beginnings of the Cold War

  • Aftermath of WWII
  • Democratic Nations Surge
  • Cold War Policies and Events
  • Independence, Conflict and Change 1950s-70s

Unit 10: Our World Today

  • End of the Cold War
  • Trends in the Developing World
  • Globalization: Trade, Technology, and Migration
  • Terrorism and the Global War on Terror

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