Honors World History
On the day of August 3rd 1492 one man’s vision would change the course of human civilization forever. Setting sail from Spain, the future events would lead to the pre-modern era of civilization, unleashing a new wave of economic, industrial, political, and social elements that would directly lead to our existence today. How did we get here? What has history taught us about our past? Why did Europe conquer the world? Why do periods of great success often lead to periods of great fragmentation? More importantly, what is history? Welcome to Honors World History where we will analyze these broad questions together to define how we as a society function and benefit from our past.
This course is a study of World history since 1400 (Renaissance) that introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the transfer goals of the Honors World Program are to develop (a) an understanding for the principal themes in modern World History, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing.
Since the course is taught at an honors, material is covered at a fast pace. Students must maintain a strong work ethic, will to learn, and strong drive to interpret multiple perspectives. This course is meant to expose students to a higher level of critical thinking to prepare them for future honors and AP history classes.
C1 – The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge about World History from 1400 to the present to highlight intellectual, cultural, political, diplomatic, social, and economic developments.
C2 – The course teaches students to analyze evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship
C3 – The course includes extensive instruction in analysis and interpretation of a wide variety of primary sources, such as documentary material, maps, statistical tables, works of art, and pictorial and graphic materials.
- Textbook –
McDougal, Holt. Modern World History: Patterns of Interactions. Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt Publishing Company, 2012.
- Supplemental Materials –
Beeler, John, Caldwell, Amy, Clark, Charles, Sources of Western Society Since 1300 2nd
Edition. Bedford/St. Martin’s Publishing Company, 2010.