Anand A Yang
Origins of the modern world system in the sixteenth century and its history until World War I. Interacting forces of politics and economics around the globe, with particular attention to key periods of expansion and crisis. Offered: A.
This course addresses two questions that are related to the contemporary structure of the global system: 1. what are the historical processes that have created a world economy with integrated systems of production and trade that now encompass the entire globe? 2. How is it that this economically integrated world has become so divided and fragmented along ethnic, national, political, and cultural lines? The course examines these questions from a world historical perspective by focusing on selected times, places, and events. It is not intended to be a straightforward class in world history.
Student learning goals
Understanding of our contemporary world and the forces and processes that have shaped it
Acquisition of information about current events
Development of analytical skills
Development of writing skills
Enhancement of oral/verbal skills
General method of instruction
Reading of assignments prior to coming to class; planning in advance for term paper.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly essays, term paper, and final exam
Grades based on weekly papers; term paper; final exam; and participation in discussion sections