Alan T Wood
Provides a global perspective on human history from the scientific revolution to the present. Explores ten main areas: the scientific revolution, nationalism, the industrial revolution, the various economic systems, colonialism, war, crisis of ideas, global society, the environment, and a look into the twenty-first century.
Students will learn to recognize global patterns of interaction across time, starting from around the Scientific Revolution to the present. The aim is to acquaint students with the principal ideas and institutions of the modern world.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The class consists of lectures, discussions, 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 upon papers, written examinations, oral presentations, and class discussions.