HIST202: Contemporary World History: 1945–Present

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Course Overview

Ever-growing global expansionary trends through economic development and technological innovation have made an understanding of the modern world’s recent history and its power structures a vital asset for students aspiring to enter the modern world of business.   

The purpose of this course is to draw students away from a Euro-centric driven history of the world and expand outward so that their perspectives include the modern history of Africa, South America, Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, as well as how their interactions with the Western world affected them. Following five main course-spanning themes (science and technology, economics, geo-politics, religion, and conflict) designed to guide students through this pivotal era, this course will ultimately give students the tools, background information, and knowledge needed to develop a deeper more objective understanding of the evolution of the modern global structure.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Describe the events and ramifications of major world events in a given region, within the context of the themes presented in the course.
  • Compare the state of the world at the end of World War II to the state of the world today within the context of the themes presented in the course.