World History

World History

Course Description & Info

Pharaoh Statue in London

This is a quite popular wave in the teaching of history worldwide. It came to the attention of many teachers that we were doing a disservice to our students by teaching geographically specific world history courses like Western Civilization. It was apparent that our focus on specific regions led our students to a skewed version of history without understanding of the inter-connectivity of all regions to the development of humanity. This class tries to approach the impossible task of teaching the entire history of the world by focusing on what scholars believe are the most important events in history as a guide for students to understand the complex nature of the rise of humanity. If done correctly this can be quite interesting and leads to impressive projects for students to create. Special focus is given on simply teaching history the way it happened instead of getting involved in the highly politicized historical interpretation that all too often happens in the classroom. Students will be given the view of history that is most agreed upon by scholars and allowed to interpret the meanings of this for themselves. All viewpoints will be considered based on the merits of historical truth they hold.

Unit Dating


Dates Associated

% of the CB Exam

Unit 1 *

Prehistory-600 CE


Unit 2

600 CE - 1450 CE


Unit 3

1450 CE - 1750 CE


Unit 4

1750 CE - 1914 CE


Unit 5

1914 CE - Present


* A few years ago college board decided to break Unit 1 into 2 separate units in which everything prior to 600 B.C.E. is a new unit. This shifts each of the units and makes it a 6 unit class. I personally find this awkward for a number of reasons and have decided not to change my system. If you are a student not in my class you may want to be careful of the differences. 

Unit 1 Chapters

Chapter 1: Prehistory to Early Civilizations

Ch. 2: Classical Civilizations

Ch. 3: World Religions

Unit 2 Chapters

Ch. 4: Mediterranean Civilizations

Ch. 5: Civilizations of the Americas

Ch. 6: Changes in Asian Civilizations

Unit 3 Chapters

Ch. 7: Exploration & it's Effects

Ch. 8: The European Reniassance

Ch. 9: Central Asian Development

Ch. 10: East Asian Development

Unit 4 Chapters

Ch. 11: Early Revolutions

Ch. 12: The Industrial Revolution & Economic Development

Ch. 13: Revolutionary Ideas Spread

Ch. 14: The Development of Imperialism

Ch. 15: Changes in Asia

Unit 5 Chapters

Ch. 16: The Great War

Ch. 17: Between the Wars

Ch. 18: World War II

Ch. 19: The Cold War

Ch. 20: Revolts Against Imperialism

Ch. 21: The Modern World