HIST 104

World History II: The Modern World, 1500 to the Present

3 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 24, 2002 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course examines the interactions among the world's peoples as they were brought increasingly into contact with one another after 1500. The rise of capitalism, colonialism and imperialism were closely linked to the creation of the modern world system, a system that took shape out of the cooperation and conflict among and between people as they were drawn into a world economy. Their experiences, the experiences of the people of the past as they both created and confronted the modern world, are thus central to an understanding of our own place in it.

Learning outcomes

General

  • An ability to compare and assess written texts critically
  • An ability to situate one's own culture in broader historical and geographical contexts.
  • An ability to write a comparative essay incorporating a variety of sources.
  • Knowledge of the major events in world history from 1500 to the present.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.