Modern History

2 semesters, 1 credit

Required for sophomores not taking 121 AP® World History.

Prerequisite: 118 Civics/Human Geography

Modern History is an evaluation of the major political movements in Europe between the 1500’s and the present.  It is a study of the influences on development of the modern world.  This political reshaping of Europe established the condition that eventually led to World War I, World War II, and, consequently our present world. The course aids the student in understanding the underpinnings of the unrest in the world today.  Students discuss current events and study political and physical geography.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Identify and apply the major elements of geographical study and analyze their relationship to changes in society and environment.
  2. Explore the continuity and change of the history in the United States and the world.
  3. Define, interpret, and apply the principles which develop and shape the constitutional democracy throughout the world history.
  4. Recognize the principles and processes of governance systems in world history.
  5. Compare and contrast economic concepts and principles throughout world history.
  6. Analyze the relationships of individuals and groups to institutions and cultural traditions that have shaped world history.
  7. Apply the tools of inquiry and interpretation for the social sciences.
  8. Apply history to perspectives on present world news.
  9. Compare and contrast the revolutions of the 1700s.
  10. Analyze the changing nature of warfare in the 20th century.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. The effect of absolutism on revolution
  2. Industrialism and the Race for Empire
  3. The mechanics of the world when it is at war 
  4. The effects of Global Security issues
  5. How scientific and technological changes led to the Industrial Revolution 
  6. The effects of the emergence of new countries after the fall of the Soviet Union 
  7. The threats of terrorism for people worldwide 


This curriculum last updated on January 27, 2021, by the Social Studies Department.