The Making of the Modern World

Course Detail

Grading Basis
Letter Grade
Course Components
Offering School
School of Humanities and Social Science


“Making of the Modern World” is a historical survey of the twentieth century that introduces students to the major global historical processes of the late modern era. This introduction is accomplished primarily through lectures, which cover the interconnected and interdependent ways in which major political, economic, cultural, legal, and technological changes occurred. The course begins in Europe and then moves on to cover Asia, Africa, South America, and Latin America, providing a nuanced and global perspective. The class addresses the links between large-scale historical events, such as the First and Second World Wars, and the common experiences of everyday life. Also designed to teach the essential skills of historical scholarship, “Making of the Modern World” instructs students on how to assess different types of primary sources and arguments, write effective summaries of these sources, integrate various historical materials, and conduct basic historical research.