Eighth Grade: World History: 1500 to the Present

  • Instructor Bryan C. Gersbeck
  • Code HIST08-24/25
  • Student Ages 12–15
  • Terms Fall Semester 2024
    Spring Semester 2025
    Full Year
  • Day Wednesday
  • Time 11:00 A.M.


This course introduces students to world history from the birth of the Renaissance to the present day. Students will examine several modern societies of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. They will analyze the histories of these nations by learning about the Boxer Rebellion, the Meiji Restoration, and the colonization of Africa. They will discuss Africa and India and their sphere of influence in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Next, students will examine the developments in Europe that fostered the Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution. They will debate the strains that both world wars had on Europe and the world, as well as the policies that impacted the Cold War and how many parts of the world experienced hardship and warfare during the late twentieth century. Finally, they will learn about the modern world and international reactions to various current global events.

Class Meetings: Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Fall Semester: August 21 – December 18, 2024
Spring Semester:
January 15 – May 14, 2025

Student Support: The instructor is available via email and for special individual sessions with students as needed.

Feedback/Assessment: Students will be assessed on their written work.

Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet. Please have a working printer for special assignments.


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