The Modern World (HIST*1150) | College of Arts

The Modern World (HIST*1150)

Code and section: HIST*1150*02

Term: Fall 2023


Course Synopsis:

This course is a survey of the twentieth century, focusing on major events and themes such as: the First and Second World Wars, the Great Depression, the rise and fall of fascism, social movements, ideologies, revolutions, genocides, decolonization, nationalism, the Cold War, and the rise and decline of American power. The course draws its examples and case studies mainly from regions across the world, with the intention of broadening critical awareness and fostering global citizenship.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. identify and explain major people, themes, and events in the history of the modern world.
  2. develop written communication skills. 
  3. improve group study and teamwork skills with in-class activities.
  4. engage with current global events through an understanding of their historical context.

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

Discussions - 10 %
Reading Quizzes - 20%
Bibliography Research - 15%
Research Paper - 25%
Final Exam - 30%

Texts and/or Resources Required:

William R. Keylor, Jerry Bannister, Tracey J. Kinney, The Twentieth-Century World: An International History. Oxford University Press.

*Please note: This is a preliminary web course description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.