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.
- Influence of the Italian Renaissance
- Factors leading up to the Protestant Reformation
- Rise and fall of the Spanish Empire
- Importance of the monarchies in England, France, and Russia
- Reasons for the Age of Exploration Causes of the French Revolution
- Napoleon’s reign and influence within Europe
- Changes in scientific thought in the 1600s
- The Enlightenment
- The Industrial Revolution
- Political and social reforms of the 1800s
- Rise of nationalism in Europe
- Analyze the influence of the Italian Renaissance and its relationship with culture, religion, and art.
- Evaluate the factors that led to the Protestant Reformation and describe religious reforms in Europe.
- Analyze the development and destruction of the Spanish empire.
- Compare and contrast the monarchies of England, France, and Russia during the Age of Exploration. Explore the causes and effects of the
- French Revolution.
- Examine the Napoleonic Wars and the reconstruction of Europe.
- Consider the genesis of scientific thought and how it affected scientific discoveries.
- Recognize the foundation of the Industrial Revolution and its impact on modernity.
- Compare and contrast the transformation of political and social ideologies of the 1800s.