In this class we study history from the global perspective. This means that we try to understand that the story of World History is the story of humans. Together, we will . . .
1) We will explore how change is caused by individual people, and groups of people, making everyday decisions.
2) We will also look at how change is caused by humans reacting to environmental changes in their geography or by natural disasters.
3) We will ask why the East, not the West, was the superpower for most of World History.
4) We will try to understand how and why the world was connected through trade and cultural exchange — long before “globalization” in the 20th century.
5) We will compare and contrast the different ways humans have struggled to make sense of their world through religion, art, science, philosophy, etc — just like we do today.
6) We will ask how people created unequal gender and racial categories and began to believe that one biological sex or racial group was superior to the other.
In answering these questions together, we will develop core skills, including (but not limited to:
1) analyzing primary sources,
2) creating and articulating persuasive historical arguments (both orally and in
well organized expository essays),
3) understanding how and why change over time occurs.