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History- Turning Points in Modern History 15th Century to Present (HS103)


45 hours.

Various, distance learning format.

November 2017 – Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze complex historical themes, events, and trends with a focus on identifying their global context and connection to the modern world; explain and analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in modern world history, with emphasis on the changing nature of authority and its relationship to society; explain the contributions that different cultures have made to modern society; critically analyze the different approaches that different regions took when seizing and wielding power; and examine information from a variety of resources, including primary and secondary resources, be able to properly interpret and discuss political cartoons from different regions and eras.


Instruction is offered online through video lectures, study guides, required and supplemental readings, quizzes, homework, and final exams.  Major topics include: the voyages of Admiral Zheng He, the fall of Constantinople, Gutenberg’s print revolution, The Columbian Exchange, the British East India Company, the Treaty of Westphalia, Van Leeuwenhoek’s microscope, Diderot’s Enlightenment Encyclopedia, the American Experiment, the French Revolution, the British Slavery Abolition Act, the Opium War in China, Darwin and the Origin of Species, binding continents, first women voters in New Zealand, the invention of motion pictures, Kitty Hawk and powered flight, the Russo-Japanese War, discovery of penicillin, the dawn of the atom, walking on the Moon, China entering the world balance, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the rise of social media.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in History, Modern History, Social Studies, or Social Sciences (2/18) (2/23 revalidation).