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Introduction to World History Honors

The purpose of the World History Honors course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global

processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of factual knowledge and analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge deployed in conjunction with leading interpretive issues and types of historical evidence.


The World History Honors course offers motivated students and their teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the processes that, over time, have resulted in the knitting of the world into a tightly integrated whole. World History  Honors offers an approach that lets students “do history” by guiding them through the steps a historian would take in analyzing historical events and evidence worldwide. The course offers balanced global coverage with Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe each represented.


The course is divided into eight units:


Introductory Unit. Methodology of World History and Geography

Unit 1. Ancient world Civilizations and Religions, 4000BC – 500 AD

Unit 2. Expanding Zones of Exchange and Encounter, 500 – 1200

Unit 3. Global Interactions, 1200-1650

Unit 4. The First Global Age, 1450-1770

Unit 5. An Age of Revolution, 1750-1914

Unit 6. A Half Century of Crisis and Achievement, 1900-1945

Unit 7. The 20th Century Since 1945

Unit 8. Review/Summation

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