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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 17-Jul-24

Fall 2024 | HIS-1112-VO01 - World History Since 1500

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 12 (as of 07-21-24 3:05 PM)
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Gina Ottoboni
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Philip Crossman

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Humanistic Perspectives
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course explores the economic, political, cultural, and social developments in world history from 1500 Current Era (CE) to the present in Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas. The course highlights issues in geography, trade, religious and cultural movements, and social and political change that influence the historical development of various world societies and their interrelationships within a global context.

Essential Objectives

1. Discuss the motivations and rationales for pursuing empire and imperialism in the world from the 16th century through the 20th century.
2. Explore the effect of trade, colonialism, and military expansion on global convergence and critique the diverse impacts of those exchanges as experienced by advantaged and disadvantaged communities.
3. Analyze patterns of emigration and immigration across the globe, including the causes and implications of large-scale human migration.
4. Explore important political and religious ideas articulated during this period and analyze how those ideas both shaped and reflected world historical change.
5. Explain the emergence of industrial capitalism and analyze its varied consequences.
6. Evaluate the disparate social impacts of industrialization and technological innovation on the diverse populations of the world.
7. Discuss the causes and course of the two world wars and evaluate the ways in which they have shaped international relations and the modern world.
8. Explore post-colonial freedom movements and their impact on global politics and society.
9. Analyze the theses, context, values, perspectives, and facts in historical primary and secondary sources.
10. Engage in and evaluate historical research using information literacy skills.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

HIS-1112-VO01 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


This course is designed to introduce you to the study of world history and to build important academic and life skills, including research, reading, and writing skills. Each week I will provide and introduction to the week's topic/s. You will proceed through the week's materials (readings, presentations, videos, etc.), while also participating in the discussion forums. You will also complete a weekly assignment every other week--usually a short essay of approximately 300 words, which you will post and share with the class. Most weeks, you will have your choice of topics and you will research your topic independently. The course will also include an online, open-book final exam.

Evaluation Criteria

You will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • Participation in forums (quality and quantity)
  • Essays
  • Open book, final exam

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Please see Canvas course for schedule.


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.