HIST1321 World History Since 1500

Course Description

Meets Mn Transfer Curriculum Goal Areas 5 History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and 8 Global Perspective - This survey course examines modern world history from the Columbian exchange to the present era (ca. 1500 to the present). The course explores the trend of European exploration and the subsequent intercultural interaction on a global scale. Moreover, the course explores the growth of navigation, colonization, trade and industrialization. Also included in course topics are European imperialism in the modern era, the two world wars, the Cold War, and the rise of the Third World. Finally, contemporary globalism and international relations will also be examined.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the methods and data that historians use to investigate major world civilizations from 1500 CE to the present.
  • Explain the key political, economic, and cultural trends in world civilizations from 1500 CE to the present.
  • Examine the major religious, artistic, social, economic, environmental and political trends of world civilizations from 1500 CE to the present.
  • Summarize the cultural, social, religious and linguistic contributions of the various population groups that shaped world history from 1500 CE to the present.
  • Analyze specific historical international problems and critique the solutions utilized by and the alternatives available to major world population groups from 1500 CE to the present.
  • Evaluate the influence of historical civilizations on contemporary global issues and on modern world citizenship.


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other