History 9: History of Our Multicentric World (Required; US)

Multicentric means that no one region of the world has global-predominance. This course begins with the laying out of a late medieval, multicentric world of powerful but fundamentally autonomous regions. Then, we track the emergence of European dominance of a global system. Finally, we turn to the contemporary world, where once again there is no single, dominant, defining order/region. Instead, there are multiple, now inter-connected global actors. The course mixes a wide range of analytic and creative assessments that build reading, writing, and analytical skills, as well as link historical content to enduring concepts and principles. Additionally, students engage in a significant research project in which they explore modern-day global issues of wealth and poverty that illuminate wider patterns of long-standing historical and social inequities.

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