History 102

HIST 102
World History Since 1500

1. Catalog Entry

HIST 102
World History Since 1500

Credit hours (3)

A general survey of world history; a study of the world's major cultural areas, their unique achievements and their interaction with and relation to other societies. Covers the period encompassing the sixteenth through twentieth centuries.  This course has been approved for credit in the Humanities Area and in the Global Perspectives Area of the Core Curriculum.

2. Detailed Description of Course

The major topics covered in this course are those considered to represent the foundations of world history. These topics, with various degrees of emphasis, are common to all recent textbooks written for an introductory course in world history.
    1) The western world in the 16th century
        a. European Reconnaissance and Global Contacts
        b. The Reformation
        c. Commercial Developments
    2) The western world in the 17th and 18th centuries
        a. Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment
        b. Absolutism and Constitutionalism
        c. The Industrial Revolution
        d. The American and French Revolutions
    3) Africa from the 16th to the 18th century
    4) The Middle East and India from the 16th to the 18th century
        a. Ottoman Empire
        b. Safavid Empire
        c. Mughal Empire
    5) East Asia from the 16th to the 18th century
        a. China
        b. Japan
    6) The world in the 19th century
        a. Nationalism
        b. Economic and social doctrines
        c. The New Imperialism
    7) World War I
    8) The World Depression and World War II
    9) The world in the post-World War II era
        a. Cold War
        b. Independence for Africa, Asia, and the Middle East

3. Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The class meets three hours a week. A textbook is required by all instructors; each instructor has the option of selecting a different text. Additionally, some instructors require other readings. Teaching methods involve a mix of lecture and discussion. Generally large classes require a   teaching methodology capable of reaching a wide variety of students. Visual aids emphasize maps and graphs, but other aids such as video recordings, power point presentations, and other media including the internet may also be used.

4. Goals and Objectives of the Course

Core Goal 7: Radford University students will understand that human experience has given rise to significant questions and be aware of the nature and methods of inquiry in the humanities.

Learning Outcome 7a: Radford University students will identify principles, concepts, or developments crucial to inquiry in a humanities discipline.

Learning Outcome 7b. Radford University students will recognize how a method of inquiry in the humanities can be applied to a disciplinary question.

Core Goal 11: Radford University students will understand how social and cultural (for example, political, historical, economic, environmental, religious, or geographic) forces shape experiences in the global setting.

Learning Outcome 11a: Radford University students will be able to identify how different perspectives shape human life around the world.

Learning Outcome 11b: Radford University students will be able to recognize social and cultural forces that affect relationships between cultures in the world.  

5. Assessment Measures

Assessment measures may include any or all of the following: participation in class, writing exercises, oral discussions of readings, and testing that includes objective and/or essay questions on quizzes and examinations. All tests are structured to emphasize an understanding of ideas, concepts, and inter-relationships. Assessment measures are designed to evaluate student learning and progress towards the fulfillment of the Core Curriculum program goals and the specific goals and objectives for both the Global Perspectives and Humanities areas as stated above in D.

6. Other Course Information


Review and Approval

September 1991

April 16, 1998

April 9, 1999

October 5, 2008

June 20, 2015