World History (click HERE for syllabus)

The course begins with the study of a “Foundations” period that sets the stage for the emphasis on the periods occurring from 600 C.E. to the present. Although the course begins with the Neolithic Revolution, or about 10,000 B.C.E., students relate what is particular about each time period or society to a “big picture” of global history.  Five overarching themes with 19 key concepts serve as unifying threads throughout the course. The themes are:

  • Interaction Between Humans and the Environment
    (Demography and disease, Migration, Patterns of settlement, and Technology);

  • Development and Interaction of Cultures
    (Religions, Belief systems, Philosophies and ideologies, Science and technology, Arts and architecture);

  • State-Building, Expansion, and Conflict
    (Political structures and forms of governance, Empires, Nations and nationalism, Revolts and revolutions, and Regional, trans-regional, and global structures and organizations);

  • Creation, Expansions, and Interaction of Economic Systems
    (Agricultural and pastoral production, Trade and commerce, Labor systems, Industrialization, Capitalism and socialism);

  • Development and Transformation of Social Structures
    (Gender roles / relations, Family and kinships, Racial and ethnic constructions, Social and economic classes). 

Last Modified on August 11, 2014