Prerequisite: Recommendation from Social Studies/History Faculty
This class explores major themes in modern history from 1750 to present, focusing on big events which led to the creation of the modern world. Student focus on a number of different topics including Revolutions in the Industrial and Atlantic World, Colonization and Migration, Conflict and Genocide in WWI, Great Depression, WWII, Human Rights and Social Change, and Globalization: Economic, Environmental, and Political Effects. It also draws comparisons to current events in each unit as a way of tracking larger historical patterns.
As an advanced course, this class will require depth of thought and development of study, research and writing skills. Students continue to develop historical skills including source analysis, research skills, and constructing well supported arguments. This class assumes that students are independent learners who can work with limited teacher support. Students are advanced and enthusiastic readers; they can make inferences, draw connections, comprehend and appreciate texts with sophisticated vocabulary and concepts read at a fast pace.