This course surveys the major developments that have shaped the human experience since 1500 CE. The course will examine overall patterns of global history, characteristics of the world’s major modern civilizations, and the relationships and exchanges among these societies. Major themes include humans and their environment, culture, politics and government, economics, and social structures. Students will also gain insight into the historical roots of many of the world’s major cultural traditions. Offered Spring semesters. G.E. Course meets multicultural graduation requirement.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
A textbook and the use of primary sources are both required.
- Main textbook: Choose one from texts 1-3 below.
-- Note: Text 1 does not require a separate collection of primary sources as each chapter in the text contains significant primary source material.
- Primary sources: Choose one from texts 4-7 below or build primary sources from online material.
-- A recommended site: World History Sources at George Mason University (http://chnm.gmu.edu/worldhistorysources/whmfinding.php)
Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources, Volume II
By Strayer, Robert W. (Bedford St. Martin) Category/Comments - MAIN TEXT Recommended
Traditions & Encounters: A Brief Global History, Volume II
By Bentley, Zeigler, and Streets (McGraw-Hill) Category/Comments - MAIN TEXT Recommended
The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History, Vol. II, Since 1400
By Bulliet, Crossley, Headrick, Hirsch, Johnson, and Northrup (Houghton Mifflin) Category/Comments - MAIN TEXT Recommended
World History, Volume II Since 1500
By Duiker and Spielvogel (Cengage Publishers) Category/Comments - PRIMARY SOURCE Recommended
Soruces of World Civilization: Connections and Conflict, Volume II
By Johnson and Halverson (Pearson) Category/Comments - PRIMARY SOURCE Recommended
Documents in World History, Volume II: Since 1400
By Stearns, et al. (Pearson) Category/Comments - PRIMARY SOURCE Recommended
Discovering the Global Past: A Look at the Evidence, Volume II: Since 1400
By Weisner-Hanks, Wheeler, Doeringer, and Curtis (Wadsworth) Category/Comments - PRIMARY SOURCE Recommended
A Pocket Guide to Writing in History
By Rampolla, Mary Lynn (Bedford/St. Martins) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Analyze and interpret primary sources from the period between 1500 CE and the present and use them as evidence to support historical arguments.
Identify and describe the context and significance of major figures, ideas, and events of world history since 1500CE.
Construct an historical essay based on primary documents.
Analyze other time periods and cultures since 1500CE with little or no ethnocentrism or modern bias.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
The course should provide chronological coverage of the following topics and require students to read, to write, and to speak about them:
Empires and Encounters, 1450-1750: European empires in the Americas; Colonial Societies; Russian Empire; Asian Empires
Global Commerce, 1450-1750: Europeans and Asian Commerce; Silver and Fur in Global Commerce; the Atlantic Slave trade
Religion and Science, 1450-1750: Globalization of Christianity; Persistence and change in Afro-Asian Cultural traditions; Scientific Revolution
Revolutions, 1750-1914: Atlantic Revolutions; Impact of Atlantic revolutions
China, the Ottoman Empire, and Japan, 1800-1914: External challenges, China in Crisis; Ottoman Empire and the West; Rise of Japan
Colonial Encounters, 1750-1914: The New Imperialism
Collapse and Recovery of Europe, 1914-1950: World War I; worldwide economic depression; rise of fascism; World War II;
Rise and Fall of World Communism, 1917-Present: Global Communism, Revolutions; Cold War and the Global Divide; decline of communist states
Independence and Development in the Global South, 1914-Present: Decolonization and independence movements in Africa and Asia; rise of the modern Jewish state
Global Interactions in the Present Age: 1945 to Present: transformed world economy; global movements--women’s liberation, environmentalism, religion
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.