Upon completion of the course students will be able to
demonstrate an understanding of:
- The transformations of European civilization which were to have enormous consequences for the rest of the world. (cause and effect relationships)
- The impact of Western civilization on other cultures since the sixteenth century.
- The concepts of Westernization, cultural accommodation, and cultural resistance.
- The complex interplay of value systems, social structure, geography and ecology, technology, economics, and political institutions in human societies.
- How societies and civilizations have confronted issues of diversity and cultural differences within their populations.
- The increasingly global nature of civilization today
- The nature of political, environmental, social, economic, and cultural issues
facing the world today.
Students will also be able to demonstrate:
- University-level methods of historical inquiry, text interpretation,
analytical writing, and critical thinking.
- The ability to reflect upon their own lives in the light of world history.