This course is a thematic survey of the development of the world from 1500 to the present. The course will emphasize the interaction between western culture and those of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East during the periods of colonization, imperialism, and in the post-colonial world.

Because world history is the study of human and material connections, this course will focus on intertwining cultural, political, economic, and social conditions present in world civilizations from roughly 1500 to the present. Our experience in today ’s global world has its roots in this history. The goal of this course is to foster greater understanding of today’s world by critically analyzing, discussing, and writing about historical themes, especially those of culture, colonialism, interconnected economy, diplomacy, and social movements. To achieve this most fully, students will be expected to continually look at the big picture, locating more specific, individual events within it, drawing upon both primary and secondary source materials. This class emphasizes the development of writing and discussion skills.

Finally, this course will introduce students to the process of thinking about and studying not only world history but history in general. Students will consider and discuss the structure and process of world history, including how to think about world history, the importance of periodization, thinking about space in the form of regions and civilizations, historical themes, disputed issues and the significance of world history today.