This course explores key themes in world history from approximately 1500 to the current day. 

Key topics addressed in the course include the expansion and then contraction of European/Western power on a global scale, the rise and fall of the Atlantic slave trade and Atlantic slavery, the industrial revolution, dramatic changes in the distribution of peoples, and the size of the world population, the emergence of influential modern ideologies and movements, the formation of modern states and trans-national networks, and the varieties of globalization that have shaped the world over the last five centuries, and more recently, the rise of terror as a lever for resistance to national power in the world.

The themes in this course will be global or comparative in scope  presenting historical themes across geographic and cultural boundaries.

Themes will vary from year to year and will be determined by the instructor.

The course is designed to offer a flexible framework to support creative survey-level instruction.