World History explores the changes created by the events and people of the past, and explains how these changes impacted modern times. The material is organized sequentially, exploring history from 1400 CE to the present day. Starting with the Renaissance and the Reformation, the course will highlight the cultural, economic, political, and social impact of innovation and intellectual thought. Further changes will be uncovered with the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and the rise of imperialism and nationalism. The closing topics emphasize global conflicts and diplomacy, as seen in World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Upon completion of the course, students have an appreciation for the patterns of historical change and their impact on modern society.
Photo Essay [Mastery Project]
WHAT CAN PHOTOGRAPHY TELL YOU ABOUT WAR AND PEACE?
Seeds of Peace is an international pacifist organization whose mission is to prevent war and conflict through education, creativity, and community. The group has sent out a call for submissions for a new virtual exhibit that seeks to shift the emphasis on militarism around the world toward a focus on the foundations for peace. With this virtual exhibit, Seeds of Peace is seeking answers to this question: What are the seeds of peace? Contributors to the online exhibit are asked to share their responses to this question in the form of a photo essay – a set of photographs that combine to tell a story – illustrating the seeds of peace within their own communities. How will you define and document your vision of peace?
Constitutional Article [Mastery Project]
WHAT DOES SELF-GOVERNMENT LOOK LIKE IN ACTION?
Your city formed a Youth Assembly of High School students to draft amendments to the Constitution of your country, using Gandhian principles of nonviolent resistance, namely swaraj, or self-government. Each student needs to write one new or revised article to the Constitution. The Youth Assembly will identify similar articles, revise them in groups and send to the White House a compilation of the best proposals.