NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
HIS 135 - HISTORY OF THE CONTEMPRARY WORLD (3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Analyzes world developments since World War II. Lecture 3 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

Allows an examination of the dynamics of the East-West political and military struggle and its interaction with the global North-South Confrontation. Helps students to see the convergence of the steams of historical movement studied in broader history survey, such as HIS 101-102 and HIS 111-112. A new era in world history dawned in 1945 with the introduction of Atomic weaponry, the emergence of the United States and the Soviet Union to superpower status, the decline of Western Europe in global affairs with the accompanying decolonization movement and unprecedented global economic integration.

ENTRY-LEVEL COMPETENCIES

No prerequisites. Average reading ability.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1. Enhance students’ understanding of the contemporary world.

2. Help students see increasing interdependence of the world’s nations.

3. Foster an appreciation for the issues behind East-West confrontation.

4. Promote a greater awareness and appreciation for diversity of the world’s peoples.

MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED 1. Impact of WW II in shaping the history of the con temporary world

2. Emergence of the United States

3. Emergence of the Soviet Union

4. Development and impact of nuclear weaponry

5. Wars of the new empires: Korea, Vietnam, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, Latin American interventions, Afghanistan

6. Role of Europe since WWII

7. Collapse of the European empires

8. North-south global confrontation

9. Global problems: poverty, population, economic development

10. Rise of multinational corporations

11. Rise of China

12. World trouble spots: the Middle East, Central America, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia

13. Overview of the contemporary world

Revised 8/01

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