HIST 125: Introduction to World History

HIST 125-B02: Introduction to World History
(Summer 2022)

01:30 PM to 04:10 PM

Horizon Hall 1012 - Hybrid

Section Information for Summer 2022

In this course, we will explore the sweeping historical changes that created today's world, ending with the fairly recent ascent of "the West." We will define major traditional features of many of the world’s various civilizations over the past eight centuries or so, and how those cultures persisted and changed as the "modern world" evolved. This course will specifically trace key processes shaping and reshaping the politics, cultures, and economies of various societies throughout the world, and how those societies interacted. The chief goals of this course involve the following: the ability to assess change over time on a global level; comparing different societies, highlighting both similarities and differences; and the understanding of the emergence and impact of global processes throughout the past three-quarters of a millennium.

All parts of the world will be discussed in this course. Each geographic region became enmeshed in a global system affected by far-reaching religious transformations, mercantile activity, industrial growth and several rounds of damaging imperialism. We will study that process along with the influences of modern nationalism, Cold War dynamics, and anti-colonial movements. By the end of the semester, students will have a grasp of the major trends underlying the most recent millennium of world history. To accomplish all of this, we will explore primary documents in a reader designed specifically for this course, from many often "unheard" voices like non-whites, women, and non-Westerners (although we won’t completely forget about the so-called “Great White Men” either, of course); secondary source scholarship—also in the form of a textbook tailored specifically for this course—and informative videos from both your instructor and from outside sources.

HIST 125 B02 is a hybrid section with online coursework and in-class meetings.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Analytical approach to world history overview that surveys major features of principal existing civilizations of world, as originally formed and as altered by key global processes including forces of modernity. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Western Civilization
Schedule Type: Lecture, Recitation
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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