Alan T Wood
Provides a global perspective on the human history to the beginning of the modern age. It is divided into ten main areas of focus: indigenous peoples, disease, gender, Indian Ocean, Arab Trading Network, maritime exploration, Atlantic Trade, world population, the gun powder empires, and the rise of the nation-state.
Students will learn to recognize global patterns of interaction across time, starting from around A.D. 1000 and ending with the Industrial Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century. The aim is to provide an intellectual passport for students who wish to become citizens of the world by exploring what it means to be human.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The class consists of lectures, discussion, and an occasional film.
There are no prerequisites. Be prepared to exercise your curiosity, to think critically, to write clearly, to read widely and deeply, and to discuss openly.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments take the form of readings in a variety of sources, in-class written examinations, oral presentations, and papers.
Grades are based on papers, written examinations, oral presentations, and class discussion.