World History II

World History II

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Course Overview

Acellus World History II Plus examines world civilizations from 1200 AD to the present. Course topics include:
  • Asian Empires 1200 – 1800
  • Renaissance and Reformation 1300 – 1650
  • Exploration and Expansion 1400 – 1700
  • Enlightenment and Historic Revolutions 1550 – 1800
  • European Monarchs 1500 – 1800
  • Industrialization and Nationalism 1700 – 1900
  • World War I: 1914 – 1918
  • Post WWI and Through World War II: 1919 – 1945
  • Contemporary Issues: 1945 – Present
Acellus World History II is the second in a two-part series taught by Acellus Instructor Paula Keltner. Acellus World History II is A-G Approved through the University of California.

Course Objectives & Student Learning Outcomes

This course covers the history of our world from the 1200s to the present. Beginning with the Ottoman Empire, the Mughal Empire in India, the rise of the Chinese dynasties, and the feudal societies of Japan and Korea, the sequential events in history leading to the world as we know it, are examined. The periods of renaissance and reformation leading up to the Age of Enlightenment are presented in a way that helps the student understand how the desire for religious freedom led to exploration and colonization in the New World. The course emphasizes the influence of trade and conflict on the shaping of the European and American societies. The development of historical analysis skills, such as comparing and contrasting the cause-and-effect relationship between the conditions in Europe and the changes in world politics, are intertwined with the chronological sequence of history focusing on the conflicts and wars taking place in different parts of the world. The course concludes by discussing the nuclear arms race, the Cold War, and conflicts that continue today. Video presentations help all students, including struggling readers, acquire the knowledge of the events that shaped the world during this time period. The student is presented with a series of questions designed to test their grasp of the concept presented in the video.
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Scope and Sequence

Unit 1 – Asian Empires 1200-1800 This unit introduces World History II and discusses the Ottoman Empire, the Safavids or Shia Muslims, the Mughal Empire in India, the rise of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in China, feudal Japan and Korea, and exploration and culture in Asia. Unit 2 – Renaissance and Reformation 1300-1650 This unit discusses the Crusades, the Black Death, the Magna Carta, the end of the Middle Ages, Humanism, Secularism, Gutenberg and the printing press, authors and philosophy of the Renaissance, Martin Luther and the 95 Theses, the Counter-Reformation, and the spread of information. Unit 3 – Exploration and Expansion 1400-1700 This unit examines a political world map and discusses why people explored, explorers from Portugal and Spain, other European explorers, the conquest and colonization of the Americas, the Columbian Exchange, mercantilism, capitalism, the Middle Passage – otherwise known as the Slave Trade, and the effects of exploration, including disease and commerce. Unit 4 – Enlightenment This unit discusses the scientific revolution; geocentric theory versus the scientific method; Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Montesquieu; enlightenment; social issues and the spread of enlightenment ideas; the American Revolution; causes of the French Revolution; governments of revolutionary France; and the rise and fall of Napoleon. Unit 5 – Historic Revolutions I This unit discusses the American Revolution; the tension between the Colonies and England; The writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence; the origins of the Constitution; the Bill of Rights; as well as the causes of the French Revolution; governments of revolutionary France; and the rise and fall of Napoleon. Unit 6 – Historic Revolutions II This unit discusses the other influential revolutions around the world, including China and their shift to Communism; South Asia’s revolution for independence; Mohandas Ghandi; and the struggle that eventually led to the establishment of the Jewish state, Israel. Unit 7 – European Monarchs 1500-1800 This unit discusses Spain and France’s absolute monarchs; Spanish conflicts with England; England’s monarchs and parliament; the Russian rulers Ivan, Peter, and Catherine; and the Thirty Years’ War. Unit 8 – Industrialization and Nationalism 1700-1900 This unit discusses the industrial revolution, the factory, factory workers, Laissez-Faire economics, technological and human achievements, reform and revolution movements, how nationalism in Europe shifted the balance of power, and the Age of Imperialism. Unit 9 –World War I: 1914-1918 This unit discusses the causes of World War I – also known as The Great War, trench warfare and weaponry, how war was redefined, the role of Russia and the Revolution, the United States and World War I, and the cost of peace. Unit 10 – Post World War I through World War II: 1919-1945 This unit discusses conflict in Asia and Africa; the worldwide Great Depression; Japanese imperialism; the rise of the dictators Musolini, Stalin, and Hitler; the causes of World War II – the Axis Powers; the response of the Allies; war in the Pacific; the Holocaust – Nazi anti-semitism; the end of World War II – the Battle of the Bulge and Hiroshima; and the results of World War II. Unit 11 – Contemporary Issues: 1945 – Present This unit discusses the causes of the Cold War; the Korean War; the nuclear arms race; Glasnost, perestroika, and the breakup of the Soviet Union; the Vietnam War; Communist China; the struggle for freedom in Africa; the Suez Canal and Pan-Arabism; Middle East conflicts; modern conflicts – the Taliban and Islamic extremists; the rise of modern dictatorships; causes of terrorism such as politics and religion, and what we can do about terrorism; economics – trade, commerce, and interdependence; and current and future implications of the Age of Information.

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