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|HIS102 - World Civilizations 2|
Catalog Description: Examines the social, political, economic, environmental, religious and intellectual influences on the rise and fall of world civilizations from 1500 CE to the present. Presents history from a global perspective, with an emphasis on the beliefs and contributions shaping the whole of the human community.
Lecture: 3 hrs.
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
At the conclusion of the semester, based upon oral or written presentations, examination questions or classroom activities, students will be able to:
1. Evaluate the impact of the Columbian Exchange on the Europeans, the Africans, and the indigenous peoples of the Americas.
2. Assess the rise of national monarchies in Europe in terms of their interaction with each other and their influence on non-western regions of the world.
3. Compare and contrast three key elements of the Ottoman, Safavid, Mughal, and Ming dynasties.
4. Identify four of the factors that facilitated the development of an Industrial Revolution in Western Europe and how these factors influenced non-western regions of the world.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the independence movements in the western and southern hemispheres from 1776 to 1914.
6. Analyze the economic, military, and political underpinnings of the New Imperialism and its impact on global affairs.
7. Trace the two world wars and the interwar period and evaluate the social, economic and political effects of these wars on developed, developing and underdeveloped nation states across the globe.
8. Within the context of the Cold War, analyze essential aspects of post-World War II decolonization in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
9. Describe the effects of globalization in the post-Cold War world in terms of communication, transportation and ideology.
10. Read, interpret, and then explain at least three different types of primary evidence in World history with reference to historical perspective and context (critical thinking).
11. Evaluate history as an interpretive discipline with a diversity of viewpoints through the analysis of bias and point of view within at least three pieces of historical writing (critical thinking).
12. Formulate, organize and defend an historical argument regarding a distinctive feature of a post-1550, non-western civilization in a written or oral presentation (University of Chicago style guide format) based upon library research involving a minimum of three scholarly references utilizing a minimum of one online full-text source (critical thinking and information management).*
* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.
I. The Age of Reformation
II. Africa (1500-1800)
III. Emergence of a World Economy
IV. East Asia in the Late Traditional Period
V. Europe under the old Regime
VI. The Islamic Empires (1500-1800)
VII. The Enlightenment Heritage
VIII. Era of Global Revolutions
IX. The New Imperialism
X. The Development of the Americas
XI. The Emergence of Modern Thought
XII. India: colonial Era to Independence
XIII. Africa (1800-1945)
XIV. The Islamic Experience
XV. China (1839-1949)
XVI. Growth of Modern Japan
XVII. World War I, the Interwar Years and the Global Economic Crisis
XVIII. World War II and the Cold War
XIX. The Post-Colonial Era
XX. The Drift toward One World Community
Effective Term: Fall 2009