The Modern World: Global History since 1760

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The Modern World: Global History since 1760

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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This is a survey course in modern world history for students, beginning or advanced, who wish to better understand how the world got to be the way it is today. In order to understand modern history, a global perspective is essential. This is true whether you are interested in economics, warfare, philosophy, politics, or even pop culture. This course can therefore be essential for students in many fields, a base equipping them with tools for lifelong learning. 


In its current form, this course on Coursera is not offered for college credit. But it is a vital part of the for credit course on this topic being offered at the University of Virginia in the spring semester of 2014. Both the Coursera and the UVA students use the same online material as a common foundation for their different learning experiences.  This is the material to survey 'what happened' and the big questions about how to explain so many changes – some of those questi...

This is a survey course in modern world history for students, beginning or advanced, who wish to better understand how the world got to be the way it is today. In order to understand modern history, a global perspective is essential. This is true whether you are interested in economics, warfare, philosophy, politics, or even pop culture. This course can therefore be essential for students in many fields, a base equipping them with tools for lifelong learning. 


In its current form, this course on Coursera is not offered for college credit. But it is a vital part of the for credit course on this topic being offered at the University of Virginia in the spring semester of 2014. Both the Coursera and the UVA students use the same online material as a common foundation for their different learning experiences.  This is the material to survey 'what happened' and the big questions about how to explain so many changes – some of those questions that start with:  "Why?"  (The students in the UVA course then supplement this online material with a lot of additional reading; research projects on the histories of particular communities around the world; in-person tutorials and discussions, both with the professor and with the graduate teaching assistants; and examinations.)


It is tempting to think that if we can just understand the big patterns, we don't have to get too caught up in the details. In this course, though, we care about chronology. We care about individuals. Without some careful attention to sequences of cause and effect, without tracing how big changes come from the choices made by particular people, history can turn into just a series of descriptions, a somewhat tiresome recitation of one thing after another. So beyond just offering a set of remarkable stories, this course offers you training in how to analyze a situation and how to think about problems of explaining change.

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6 years, 6 months ago
This is a wonderful educational experience. Highly recommended for anyone interested in History, or the Modern World.
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6 years, 6 months ago
I took the required history classes in high school and it appeared to be a list of names, dates, and places. Being an avid reader I filled in many of the blanks in my education. This course is exceptional in that we are learning the reasons events happened. I think based on my previous experience with history classes this class exceeded all my expectations. The one thing I do not like: is knowing that the course will end. I started and dropped a few other courses because 1) the material was not what I preceived it would be. 2) the lecturer seemed unprepared...with too many errrs, ahhs, etc in the delivery 3) Too playful - wasting my time with things that did not apply to the subject.
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6 years, 7 months ago
I took this course because I love history. 6 weeks into it, I look forward to the next video presentations every week. Professor Zelikow's course is captivating. He presents a unique perspective on this segment of history. His approach stresses situations people faced, the different views of people involved and the decisions they made. The decisions have consequences and a new situation emerges. This approach provides a very deep understanding of history.
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