In this course students will examine the major turning points in the shaping of the modern world. We will study the development of democratic ideas and highlight of major events that took place from the eighteenth century to the present. The class will focus on the expansion of the West and the growing interdependence of people and cultures throughout the world. We will pay special attention to the impact that society, politics, economics, technology, and geography had on the historical events relevant to their respective time periods.
The primary objective of this course will be to learn history and understand the relevance of historical events. Students will be challenged to understand the nature of major events, places, and people. When appropriate and available, primary sources, documents, and contemporary commentaries will be used in the classroom. Through observation, understanding, analysis, and evaluation, the students will better understand the history that has affected the world they live in.