This World History class will center largely on the Global South or what used to be called the third world. It is designed to expand your knowledge base into areas of the world that you have not likely encountered before and this will allow for a more rounded UMass student, and more importantly, global citizen. You will analyze concepts such as colonialism and empire alongside important topics such as globalization, technological innovation, nationalism, resistance, and anticolonial struggle.
The US War in Afghanistan is now in its 17thyear and has now become America’s longest war. Why? What historical events led to American involvement in the Middle East? How do we understand global conflict, trade, and technological innovation in the modern world? These are some of the many questions we will explore in this interactive World History course.
We will construct a classroom environment where first year college students learn to build relationships and good academic and social habits that will carry you through your college years at UMass and beyond. In addition, fostering community and good practices will be the cornerstone of each course element. Traditional lectures will be blended with group projects and individual assignments. Discussion will be an integral part of the classroom lectures to allow you the opportunity to dig deeper into the material and build upon your skills.
The world is waiting for you! We hope to see you in the fall!
What is religion, and why do people care so much about it? This course will examine the origins and development of some of the world's major religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will read sacred texts and travel to sites of worship. We will also consider how religion continues to shape current affairs. Students will prepare analytic essays, participate in group discussions, and attend off-campus field trips.
The course will demonstrate that understanding religion is critical to participating in a global community and will neither advocate or denigrate religious participation.
The 1960s was a time period of profound social upheaval, in which activists challenged existing cultural and political norms on multiple fronts. This course will encourage a thematic approach to the history of America in the “Long 1960s” (1954-1975), integrating the political, cultural, social and intellectual trends that shaped the decade. We will explore:
Students will explore the origins of these movements, well-known and lesser-known protests and activists of the era, and examine how the various movements intersected. This course looks closely at the issues raised by the dissenters of the 1960s. It investigates the following questions: