Course Description

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This course gives an overview of world history, from 1500 to today.  We start with a discussion of how social changes, new technologies, and the discovery of the New World caused a shift in the allocation of power and authority.  Next, we discuss how religious, intellectual, political, and economic revolutions changed the world.   We then move on to look at industrialization and nationalism, and how both made positive and negative impacts on every-day life.  We will explore the great wars of the 20th Century, and their lasting impacts on the world.  We conclude our discussion by looking at the world over the last few decades, and how our understanding of world history shapes our views today.

HST 102: World History II

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After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List the technologies, social changes, and discoveries that led to the rise of Imperialism and Nations
  • Differentiate between the major revolutions of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries
  • Recognize the major events during the Industrial Revolution and the rise of a new type of Imperialism
  • Recall the events and outcomes during the wars of the 20th Century
  • Name the major ways scholars study History, and how History impacts our thinking today
Course Language English
Course Length 135 hours/4 Months (120 Days)
Course Code HST 102
Number of Credits 3

There is no extra cost for textbooks or materials. All materials are included with this course.

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Course Outline

Module 1 - Gunpowder Empires and Nation-States
Module 2 - Old Worlds and New Worlds- 1400 to 1650
Module 3 - Religious and Intellectual Revolutions- 1500 to 1820
Module 4 - Political and Economic Revolutions- 1650 to 1820
Module 5 - Industrial Age- 1790 to 1890
Module 6 - New Imperialism- 1870 to 1914
Module 7 - Descent into the Maelstrom- 1914 to 1955
Module 8 - Search for Freedom and Prosperity- 1950 to 1989
Module 9 - World We Live In- 1989 to Present
Module 10 - History and the Modern World
Module 11 - Steps to Course Completion



Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player