Our World Through History

Goals of the course: At the end of the course you should be able to:

Understand the basic organization and power structures in the modern world based on the events of the past.

Materials/Reading for the course: Will be provided by instructor

Class Time: Mondays, 7:00-7:50pm, Fridays, 7:00-7:50pm


Class No.



Class 1 (1hr)

Introduction to the course

Explain the purpose and design of the course, what we hope to achieve, and find out what students already know and are interested in. Create a clear connection between understanding past events and understanding our world today.

Class 2 (1hr)

European expansion, the era of colonialism

Europeans move into Africa, Asia, and the Americas, forever changing the demographic, economic, and political landscapes of the places they go. The slave trade, the spread of Christianity, growth of trade, increased technology, wealth, and travel.

Class 3 (1hr)

The enlightenment and the american revolution

Scientific, artistic, and political changes sweeping the world that gave birth to the United States, and the intellectual legacy that molded many of our modern perceptions.

Class 4 (1hr)

Japanese isolationism

The warring states period comes to an end and the conquest of the Tokugawas. Edo Japan and changes in the national culture, the arrival of Perry and the opening of Japan.

Class 5 (1hr)

Student presentations on a political topic of their choice. Should use some kind of visual media.

Class 6 (1hr)

The industrial revolution

Changing in technology and society create a massively productive society. Outcomes of the radical changes taking place, as well as an overview of some of the inventions that revolutionized life in the 18th century.

Class 7 (1hr)

World War I

What were the causes of World War I? What were the major effects it had on the world, and what lessons did people learn? How did it end and in what way did it set the stage for another world war?

Class 8 (1hr)

World War II

What were the causes of World War II? Who were the important figures and what decisions did they make? Covering the Holocaust, atomic bombs, and outcomes.


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