World History explores the changes created by the events and people of the past, and explains how these changes impacted modern times. The material is organized sequentially, exploring history from 1400 CE to the present day. Starting with the Renaissance and the Reformation, the course will highlight the cultural, economic, political, and social impact of innovation and intellectual thought. Further changes will be uncovered with the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and the rise of imperialism and nationalism. The closing topics emphasize global conflicts and diplomacy, as seen in World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Upon completion of the course, students have an appreciation for the patterns of historical change and their impact on modern society.
- Rise of the European monarchs
- Advantages and disadvantages of colonial expansion
- Factors leading to the French Revolution
- Movement toward economic, political, and social modernization
- Intellectual developments of the Enlightenment Political and social reforms of the nineteenth century
- Role of manifest destiny in the United States
- Characteristics of nationalism in Europe
- Factors leading up to World War I and World War II
- Key military events of World War II
- Conclusion of World War II
- Explain the factors that led to the Protestant Reformation and how it affected the government and society.
- Analyze the causes and effects of the French Revolution and how the revolution led to the Napoleonic era.
- Identify the major events and ideas that gave rise to the changes in scientific thought, philosophies, and the Enlightenment. Compare and contrast the political and social reforms of the nineteenth century and the role they had in nationalism.
- Analyze the major events of militarism that caused political and national strife, igniting both world wars.
- Explain the influence of new ideologies, such as communism, on Europe following World War I, and examine the causes of the Bolshevik Revolution.