In this global history course, you will learn not just by reading and watching lectures, but also by analyzing historical documents and applying your knowledge. The core of this course is a series of weekly lab assignments in which you and your fellow students will work in teams to use historical knowledge from the course to solve problems and develop new connections and interpretations of primary historical materials.
The course begins in 1300 AD at the height of the Silk Road, the triumphs of the Mongol Empire, and the spread of one of the most devastating contagions of all time, the Black Death. It examines the emergence of an international system of competitive empires and its effect on trade and exchange. We look at the Age of Revolution, and discuss industrialization during the 1800s. The course concludes with a close look at the 20th century and current-day globalization.
Course themes include migration and statelessness, economic integration, warfare and conflict, the transformation of the ecological balance, and cultural responses and innovations. To grapple with these themes, we explore first-hand perspectives of historical actors through a collection of texts and images.
This course integrates and actively supports groups of refugee learners in refugee camps in Germany, Rwanda, and Jordan, collaborating with students at Princeton, in a global learning partnership with Kiron University and Kepler University. We express our sincere appreciation to all who contribute to the implementation of this global learning project.
Course material Although the lectures are designed to be self-contained, we recommend (but do not require) that you refer to the book Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World: From 1000 CE to the Present (Fourth Edition) (vol. 2), which was written specifically for this course.
Student Testimonials "This is one of the best history courses I have taken and I have taken many. It is a comprehensive look at the history of the world since the Middle Ages." - Paul
"Brilliant content provided a solid view of over 700 years of history. The Instructor provided engaging lectures which kept my interest all through the whole course." - Trefor
Davecompleted this course, spending 12 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
An excellent introduction to world history. The course advances at a rapid rate and the coverage of some events can feel a little superficial. The assignments, if you chose to do them, can be done on your own. However, there is an opportunity to work with fellow students across the world. I found that a rewarding experience. As a warning don't expect everyone in your team to contribute - only 4 did out of 10 in the team I was in.
Also there is a lot of work to do to keep up with the pace of the course, especially if you are going to get the associated text book and read it.