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World History: A Look at Big Trends in Human History

Join this world history course and take a journey through time, from the beginning of civilization up to today. You’ll explore how human beings have dramatically changed the world through exploration and innovation.

Total classes: 14

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade (NOTE: adjustments can be made to assignments in order to accommodate middle school students)

Suggested credit: One full semester History or World History


Human beings have advanced drastically since their earliest days . . . inventing new ways of growing and harvesting, thinking and communicating, as well as war and peace making. This course distills human history down to the biggest themes of developments over time, in order to better understand how worldwide civilization has come to be the way it is today.


Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: The Beginning of Human History

Week 3: Shifting to Food Production

Weeks 4-5: The First Civilizations

Week 6: Wealth, Power and the Axial Age

Week 7: Christendom and Islam

Week 8: Fusing the World together

Week 9-10: Industrialism and Imperialism

Weeks 11-13: Superpowers and technological booms

Week 14: Big Pictures, Long Prospects

Materials and Homework

Course materials: None required. All materials provided FREE by the instructor.

Homework: Writing is an integral part of demonstrating both the assimilation of knowledge, and the articulation thereof. Therefore, students will be guided through the process of writing a short (3- to 5-page, double-spaced) review of a book of their choice relevant to the subject matter.

NOTE: Middle school students taking this course must instead write a 1- to 2-page book report.

One to two short (5-10 minutes), ungraded review quizzes based on classroom lectures and discussions.

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