10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR
Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 206
Section Information for Fall 2019
In this class we will examine what events have transformed the world between about 1400 CE to the twenty-first century. Our focus will be on global interactions, balanced with a careful consideration of local developments and influences. Topics will include the development of political and economic systems (e.g., democracy, liberalism, nationalism, fascism, colonialism, capitalism, socialism), changing conceptions of culture and identity (e.g., race, gender, ethnicity), and the conflicts and opportunities born of this transformation (e.g., anti-colonial movements, social revolutions, world wars, international organizations, globalization, religious and cultural conflicts). By the end of the semester, students will be able to provide thoughtful answers to the following questions: Why is economic and military power largely concentrated in the hands of Western leaders and countries? What separates a “developing” country from a “developed” one? Why are some areas of the world resource-rich but their communities poor? Why is warfare seemingly endemic in some parts of the world? What do we mean by the term “modern world”? While we cannot come up with simple answers to these questions, we can use history to understand how modern systems of political, economic, and social meaning, including the emergence of Western economic dominance, developed.
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