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College Contemporary World History

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Subject Categories:
College Dual Credit, History

This course examines world history from the end of the Nineteenth Century to the present. It considers not just the major political and military events of the Twentieth Century, but also religious, social, philosophical and artistic movements that have had a profound impact on the way people think, act, and conduct their personal and public lives today. This course touches everything from the battlefields of France during WWI, the rise of modern China, the Holocaust, the growth of Communism and the Soviet Union, the Iranian Revolution, and the growth of radical Islam to the significant works of Pablo Picasso, the music of the Beatles, the hedonism of the 1970s and the rise of Conservatism in both Europe and the United States. We will consider primary source documents and popular current history authors of today as students learn to argue their ideas in writing, formulating their own opinions and convictions as they consider their future.

Grade Levels*:
11, 12
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
• Successful completion (75% or higher) of a TPS college or AP history course
━ OR ━
• Successful completion (75% or higher) of a TPS English 4 (or higher) course
━ OR ━
• Successful completion (85% or higher) of a TPS high school history course
━ OR ━
• Successful completion (90% or higher) of a TPS English 3 course
━ OR ━
• Successful completion of Readiness Test
Notes and Conditions

College Credit: This course is pre-approved for college credit (Belhaven HIS 205, 3 credits). Upon successful completion of this course, the student may apply for a college transcript from Belhaven University for this course. These transcripted credits may be transferred to other colleges. More information is here.

Flexible Scheduling: This course may be taken with live class attendance reduced or waived (recording only) if the student has a time zone or schedule conflict. Select this option when you enroll or notify TPS for approval.

“This is my favorite history course I’ve ever taken. The teacher takes time to make clear connections between the past and the present, and left me with a better understanding of how our world and culture became what it is today. She also approached it in a way that made us think through the issues on our own and through class discussions, rather than just explaining ‘this is how things are.’ I definitely recommend taking this class before graduating, especially if you’re confused by modern world history like I was before this.”

Nai'a P

“Often in history classes, 20th and 21st century history is cut out due to lack of time, which is a great shame because often that proves to be the most beneficial history to learn. Particularly if you have a great teacher, which this teacher is. I have learned more about history’s repetition, more of a biblical perspective on history, and more about history in general than in any history class I’ve taken previously. My views on certain topics have solidified to the point that I’d be comfortable arguing for them. The discussions in this class have carried me far beyond the book’s teachings. Anyone looking to be challenged in their beliefs, learn how the world has crumbled since the 20th century, and how it’s been put back together and continues to do so would do wonderfully in and greatly enjoy this class.”

Kaden H

“One does not simply teach histories (LOTR). This course differs from other history courses in that it doesn’t just list historical events and dates, but it really helps you see the connection between world events and the patterns of history. It challenges students to think deeper than the surface level and provides primary sources for students to study and discuss in classes.”

Hyeyoung J
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