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									            Bay Area School of Enterprise ~ Course Description
                                                 A. COVER PAGE
1. Course Title                                                    9. Subject Area
Modern World History                                                      X    History/Social Science
2. Transcript Title / Abbreviation
WORLD HIST                                                                    English

3. Transcript Course Code / Number                                            Mathematics
SMWH                                                                          Laboratory Science
4. School                                                                     Language other than English
Bay Area School of Enterprises (BASE)
                                                                              Visual & Performing Arts (for 2003)
5. District
Alameda Unified School District                                               College Prep Elective

6. City                                                            10. Grade Level(s)
Alameda                                                                       10th
7. School / District Web Site                                      11. Seeking “Honors” Distinction?                                                  Yes        x    No
8. School Contact                                                  12. Unit Value
                                                                              0.5 (half year or semester equivalent)
Name: Page    Tompkins
                                                                          x    1.0 (one year equivalent)
Title/Position: Director
                                                                              2.0 (two year equivalent)
Phone:    (510) 748 4314                           Ext.:
                                                                              Other: _______________________________
Fax:   (510) 748 4326
                                                                   13. Date of School Board Approval

14. Was this course previously approved by UC?             Yes      x    No          If so, year removed from list? ________
    Under what course title? ____________________________________________________________________

15. Is this course modeled after an UC-approved course from another school?         X   Yes            No
    If so, which school(s)?          Encinal High School
16. Pre-Requisites

17. Co-Requisites

18. Brief Course Description
In this course students study the major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late 18th
century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. They trace the rise of
democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially
as they pertain to international relations. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and
relate them to their historical, geographical, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider
multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives.
                                 B. COURSE CONTENT
19. Course Goals and/or Major Student Outcomes:
       Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically, learn autonomously and to solve
       problems by effectively completing challenging group and individual projects and
       assignments that they helped developed

20. Course Objectives:
       Students will develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their
       historical, geographical, political, economic, and cultural contexts.

21. Course Outline

                                  Modern World History

                           World History, Culture, and Geography

“ All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and
their entrances: and one man in his time plays many parts.”

 In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of this course are
to develop an understanding of some principal themes in modern world history, an ability to
analyze historical evidence, and an ability to analyze and to express historical understanding in
writing. Modern World History will emphasize intellectual and cultural history, political and
diplomatic history, social and economic history, as the issue of “the individual and the greater
community” evolves chronologically in the modern historical era.

Although special focus will be given to the major themes from Modern European Culture,
students will undertake a substantive comparative study of global human themes. The final
focus of Modern World History will consider the complex reality of growing global
interdependence amongst all peoples and cultures, by comparing and contrasting themes,
intellectual ideas, and cultural issues of “the individual in the greater community” from four
specific world regions: China and Russia; Middle East: Israel and Syria; Sub-Saharan Africa:
Ghana and South Africa; and Latin America: Mexico and Brazil.

The following outline details Modern World History themes and writing expectations:

                                     “From Plato to NATO”

I. The Role of Power: Individual vs. Community.
      political & economic role of religion
      examination of East and West theories (The Art of War by Sun Tzu and The Prince by
Written work: Essay that compares and contrasts the theories of the role of power

II. The Early Modern World: The Age of Philosophers and Reformers.
    Renaissance: rebirth of ideas... “individual vs. the community”

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      rise of democratic ideas: 1. moral & ethical principles of Judaism and Christianity. 2.
Greek philosophers’ belief in reason and natural law in relation to democratic ideas.
Reformation: Church           authority vs. Secular authority
      growth of powerful states: 1. role of monarch vs. Pope. 2. role of monarch vs. people.
        Enlightenment: identification of individual rights
      society structure and the right to rule
Written work: Document- based essay questions working with primary source documents.
Persuasive essay on historical and philosophical positions.

III. The Modern World: An Age of Revolutionaries and Reactionaries.
     The French Revolution: the philosophy of natural rights and natural law
       the extension and limitation of rights and liberties (personal, civic, economic, and
political); majority and minority political persecutions.
       Napoleonic Era
       “when Paris sneezes, the whole of Europe catches a cold” - Metternich

     The 19th century: Industrialization, Romanticism, Nationalism & Imperialism
       the origins, development, and consequences of industrialization
       the shift in social structures from hierarchical orders to modern social classes: the
changing         distribution of wealth and poverty.
       major trends in literature and the arts
       developments in literacy, education, and communication

       growth and changing forms of nationalism
       relations between Europe and other parts of the world: colonialism, imperialism,
decolonization, and global interdependence.
 Written work: Identification of artwork based on interpretation of industrialization,
romanticism, nationalism, & imperialism. Read Hard Times by Charles Dickens. Write an
social, political and economic analysis of the work.

IV. The Contemporary World: The Age of Politicians and Masses - does the individual exist?
    W.W.I and its Consequences
       old power alliances - the question of Serbia
       beginning of modern day warfare
       The Treaty of Versailles
     The Rise of Totalitarianism in the Modern World
        Nazi Germany
        Stalinist Russia
    W.W.II: Its causes and its consequences
        forming of Allied and Axis powers
        Holocaust
        agreements reached in the Tehran, Yalta, and Potsdam conferences
      Nationalism in the contemporary world: The Individual and the Greater
        case studies of four pairs of nations, connected by political ideology or regional
        focus on the connections among political systems, economic development, and
individual rights
        Russia & China: two contemporary societies that have become world powers
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         The Middle East: Syria & Israel: examination of two strategically important states
         Sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana & South Africa: a study of historical, and geographic
context, along with international relationships in today’s world
         Latin America: Mexico & Brazil: a study of two developing nations in a vast
industrial world
  Written work: Term paper of historical questioning is required. Global Project covering
“Nationalism in
  the contemporary world” is required. This includes an extensive paper covering a brief
history, the
  political systems, economic systems and individual rights of the nations involved.
Along with a compare
  and contrast analysis of the pairs of nations.

22. Texts & Supplemental Instructional Materials
       Modern World History: Patterns of Interaction, Roger B Beck, Linda Black, Larry
       Krieger, Phillip Naylor & Dahia Ibo Shabaka. McDougal Little. 2001

23. Key Assignments

       See course outline

24. Instructional Methods and/or Strategies:
       Project based learning, group work, readings, library, Internet, and other research,
       interviewing and group seminar with lecture.

25. Assessment Methods and/or Tools:
       Content exams = 25%
       Research papers = 25%
       Projects = 25%
       Active participation = 25%.

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