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Revision Date: 09-May-24

World History Since 1500

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2024 - Refund Policy
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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

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations, along with free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials.

Summer 2024 textbook/book details will be available on 2023-11-06. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

For Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

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. For each essay, there will be several choices and you will research your topic independently using VSCS Library resources. The course will also include an untimed, open-book final exam.

Evaluation Criteria

You will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • Participation in forums (quality and quantity) (40%)
  • Essays (40%)
  • Open book, final exam (20%)

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, which will be modified to accommodate the 12-week summer 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.

Participation Expectations

  • Participate in the course several times a week; post in the forums early in the week and often. The particular hours you choose to post are up to you, however. Detailed expectations are set out in Canvas.
  • Complete all assignments in a timely manner.
  • Be respectful of other students and of your instructor.
  • Adhere to CCV's Academic Honesty Policy.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Keeping up with the readings, the discussion forums, and the essays is essential. This is particularly the case with readings and the discussion forums, which you should think of as online class discussions. If you have a significant reason for missing class, i.e., participating in online discussion, you should notify your instructor as soon as possible. If you cannot complete an essay in a timely manner, you should also notify your instructor as soon as possible to make arrangements. Late essays may incur a penalty. Discussion forums cannot be made up.

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.