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Modern World History

NOTE: This course may be hazardous to your world view!

PHILOSOPHY
    World History is much more than the memorization or the regurgitation of others' ideas. It is the discovery of what makes each of us different and yet alike. It is the celebration of what and who came before us and the quest to find the linkage with the future. Our rich histories are the cornerstone of our identities, as an individual and as a culture. History is the study of humans, and as such it is NOT an exact science with absolute answers but rather an endless search for answers. Oh yeah, and history is cool! 

COURSE DESCRIPTION
    In this MODERN WORLD HISTORY course we will examine political, cultural, social, diplomatic and military events during the modern era. We will examine the growth of democratic traditions, the role that industrialization plays in the expansion of world powers and their conflicts. We will look at the issues facing the world today and how those issues are linked to history.
    This class will further develop your reading, writing, THINKING and organizational skills. You are expected to actively and responsibly engage in class discussions, collaborative/group activities, individual assignments and simulation projects.

EXPECTATIONS
1. Show respect towards everyone and everything!
2. Be on-time, prepared, work hard and think!
3. Have a lot of fun!

    That's our goal in this class. You will no longer be asked only what something is, or when something happened. Instead, you'll be asked to analyze various viewpoints of the same event and draw your own conclusions about why something happened, and its consequence then in history and now. The days of looking up one word/sentence answers in a textbook are over.
    Please remember that you are in control of your success in this class. Take responsibility for your work and be accountable for your actions.

DATECLASS CALENDAR / INFORMATION
Monday
January 30
TOPIC: Empires Old and New in the Age of ImperialismWhat factors made the New Imperialism “new”?

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. The New Imperialism
2. Imperialism and the Car Dealership

NOTES:
1. 2 Phases of Imperialism: OLD vs. NEW
2. Motives for Imperialism

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: READ Jared Diamond - Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed [1 page summary of 600 page book]
Tuesday
January 31
**TOPIC: A Look into the Future?

CLASS PRESENTATION: National Geographic, Collapse (based on the book)

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: BRAINSTORM your Case Study
- The Vikings: Fiona / Vincent
- The Easter Islanders: Stephanie / Toska
- The Anasazi: Phoenix
Wednesday February 1TOPIC: A Look into the Future?

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish National Geographic, Collapse

CLASS ACTIVITY: Case Study Analysis

NOTES: Societies Collapsed
Thursday February 2 NO CLASS
Friday February 3TOPIC: A Look into the Future?

CLASS ACTIVITY: Structured Academic Controversy (sounds fancy!)
- DIRECTIONS for Collapse Scenarios
Monday
February 6
TOPIC: Crisis and Decentralization in Qing China

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Collapse of the Qing Dynasty
2. Excerpt from MILLENNIUM - 19th Century

NOTES: Civilization in Crisis: Qing China

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Imperialism in China WEBQUEST - PART 1 [Collaborative Research] DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Tuesday February 7**TOPIC: Crisis and Decentralization in Qing China

CLASS PRESENTATION: The Story of China - Episode 5, The Last Empire & Episode 6, The Age of Revolution excerpt

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Imperialism in China WEBQUEST - PART 1 [Collaborative Research] DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Wednesday February 8TOPIC: Crisis and Decentralization in Qing China

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on Imperialism in China WEBQUEST - Part 2 [Position Paper] 

STUDENT RESEARCH:
- OPIUM WAR (Toska)
- TAIPING REBELLION (Phoenix)
- OPEN DOOR POLICY (Stephanie)
- BOXER REBELLION (Vincent)
- TREATY OF NANJING (Fiona)

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
Imperialism in China WEBQUEST - Part 2 [Position Paper] DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
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POSITION PAPER GUIDELINES
Thursday February 9NO CLASS
Friday February 10TOPIC: The Long Decline of the Ottoman Empire

CLASS PRESENTATION: Decline of the Ottoman Empire

NOTES:
1. The Collapse of the Ottoman Empire
2. The Rise of Europe - The Eclipse of Islam

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: OTTOMAN COLLAPSE Short Response Questions - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY
Monday
February 13
Interesting Article on Leadership: WHAT SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC TAUGHT ME ABOUT DONALD TRUMP

TOPIC: The Long Decline of the Ottoman Empire

CLASS PRESENTATION: Ottomans vs. Christians, Episode 3 - SICK MAN OF EUROPE

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: OTTOMAN COLLAPSE Short Response Questions - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY
Tuesday February 14**TOPIC: OVERVIEW: Phases / Types of Imperialism

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Imperialism and the Global System
2. Guns, Germs and Steel, Episode 3 - INTO THE TROPICS

NOTES: Colonial Encounters
Wednesday February 15TOPIC: IMPERIALISM -  Case Study #1: British India

CLASS PRESENTATION: British Imperialism in India

NOTES:
1. The Fall of the Mughal - The Rise of the Raj
2. Imperialism in India and Southeast Asia
Thursday February 16NO CLASS
Friday
February 17
TOPIC: IMPERIALISM -  Case Study #1: British India

CLASS PRESENTATION: How Britain Made the Modern World, Episode 4 - HEAVEN'S BREED
Monday
February 20
Presidents’ Day – NO CLASSES 
Tuesday February 21**TOPIC: Film as Social and Cultural History (even if not authentic)

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India
SPECIAL EVENING CLASS (7:30-9:00) - LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India
Wednesday February 22TOPIC: Film as Social and Cultural History (even if not authentic)

CLASS PRESENTATION: LAGAAN, Once Upon a Time in India

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Student Reaction/Evaluation - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Thursday February 23NO CLASS
Friday February 24TOPIC: Case Study #2 - Imperialism in Southeast Asia and Latin America

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Imperialism in Southeast Asia
2. Imperialism in Latin America

NOTES:
1.
Imperialism in India and Southeast Asia
2. Meiji Restoration
3. Economic Development in Latin America
4. Political Trends in Latin America
Monday
February 27
TOPIC: Case Study #3 - The Scramble for Africa

CLASS PRESENTATION: Africa and Imperialism

NOTES: Africa Before Partition
Tuesday
February 28
**TOPIC: Case Study #3 - The Scramble for Africa

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. The Scramble for Africa
2. Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death
      - Have you / Will you read Heart of Darkness?
      - denounced by the Belgian government
      - Format is an historical trial --> our next topic starting March 7th 

NOTES: Imperialism in Africa
Wednesday March 1 TOPIC: Case Study #3 - The Scramble for Africa

PRESENTATION: Finish 
Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1.
2.
Thursday March 2NO CLASS
Friday
March 3
TOPIC: Age of Imperialism ANALYSIS - Compare & Contrast

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
March 6
TOPIC: Age of Imperialism ANALYSIS - Document Based Question

CLASS ACTIVITY:
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Tuesday
March 7
**TOPIC: HISTORICAL TRIAL #1 - Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk)

CLASS ACTIVITY:
- DEFENDANT:
- DEFENSE LAWYER:
- PROSECUTOR:
- PROSECUTION WITNESS:
- JUDGE:
Wednesday March 8 TOPIC:
Thursday March 9NO CLASS
Friday
March 10
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March 13
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March 14
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Thursday March 16NO CLASS
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March 17
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March 20
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March 21
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Thursday March 23NO CLASS
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March 24
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March 27
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March 28
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March 30
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Friday
March 31
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April 3
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April 4
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Thursday  April 6NO CLASS
Friday 
April 7
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SPRING VACATION
Tuesday
April 18
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Thursday April 20NO CLASS
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April 24
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April 25
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April 26
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April 27
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Friday
April 28
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May 4
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May 5
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May 9
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May 11
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May 12
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May 15
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May 16
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May 18
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May 19
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May 23
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May 25
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Friday
May 26
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Monday
May 29
MEMORIAL DAY – NO CLASSES
Tuesday
May 30
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May 31
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Thursday
June 1
NO CLASS
Friday
June 2
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Monday
June 5
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Tuesday
June 6
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Thursday
June 8
GRADUATION DAY = FREEDOM
"You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here"