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World History




4 Weeks


About the Course

Get a Certificate in World History

Are you someone who is fascinated by history and always searching for more context about the world and its people? In this course, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to world history that goes beyond traditional narratives.

Whether you are an aspiring historian, a student of politics, or simply interested in going on a journey through time and learning as much as possible about the history of the world as you can, this course will equip you with a strong foundation in world history.

What Happens in the World History Certificate Course

The World History Certificate Course is an online learning program with recommended readings from the textbooks (World History, Volumes 1 & 2). This course is self-directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time World History Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 9 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 18 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The World History Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 8 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course.

Course Topics

The World History Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the World History Certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College).

Understanding the Past

  • Developing a Global Perspective

  • Primary Sources

  • Causation and Interpretation in History

Early Humans

  • Early Human Evolution and Migration

  • People in the Paleolithic Age

  • The Neolithic Revolution

Early Civilizations and Urban Societies

  • Early Civilizations

  • Ancient Mesopotamia

  • Ancient Egypt

  • The Indus Valley Civilization

The Near East

  • From Old Babylon to the Medes

  • Egypt’s New Kingdom

  • The Persian Empire

  • The Hebrews

Asia in Ancient Times

  • Ancient China

  • The Steppes

  • Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia

  • Vedic India to the Fall of the Maurya Empire

Mediterranean Peoples

  • Early Mediterranean Peoples

  • Ancient Greece

  • The Hellenistic Era

  • The Roman Republic

  • The Age of Augustus

Experiencing the Roman Empire

  • The Daily Life of a Roman Family

  • Slavery in the Roman Empire

  • The Roman Economy: Trade, Taxes, and Conquest

  • Religion in the Roman Empire

  • The Regions of Rome

The Americas in Ancient Times

  • Populating and Settling the Americas

  • Early Cultures and Civilizations in the Americas

  • The Age of Empires in the Americas

Africa in Ancient Times

  • Africa’s Geography and Climate

  • The Emergence of Farming and the Bantu Migrations

  • The Kingdom of Kush

  • North Africa’s Mediterranean and Trans-Saharan Connections

Empires of Faith

  • The Eastward Shift

  • The Byzantine Empire and Persia

  • The Kingdoms of Aksum and Himyar

  • The Margins of Empire

The Rise of Islam and the Caliphates

  • The Rise and Message of Islam

  • The Arab-Islamic Conquests and the First Islamic States

  • Islamization and Religious Rule under Islam

India, the Indian Ocean Basin, and East Asia

  • The Indian Ocean World in the Early Middle Ages

  • East-West Interactions in the Early Middle Ages

  • Border States: Sogdiana, Korea, and Japan

The Post-Roman West and the Crusading Movement

  • The Post-Roman West in the Early Middle Ages

  • The Seljuk Migration and the Call from the East

  • Patriarch and Papacy: The church and the Call to Crusade

  • The Crusading Movement

Pax Mongolica: The Steppe Empire of the Mongols

  • Song China and the Steppe People

  • Chinggis Khan and the Early Empire

  • The Mongol Empire Fragments

  • Christianity and Islam outside Central Asia

States and Societies in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Culture and Society in Medieval Africa

  • Medieval Sub-Saharan Africa

  • The People of the Sahel

Climate Change and Plague in the Fourteenth Century

  • Asia, North Africa, and Europe in the Early Fourteenth Century

  • Famine, Climate Change, and Migration

  • The Black Death from East to West

  • The Long-Term Effects of Global Transformation

The Ottomans, the Mamluks, and the Ming

  • The Ottomans and the Mongols

  • From the Mamluks to Ming China

  • Gunpowder and Nomads in a Transitional Age

Exchange in East Asia and the Indian Ocean

  • India and International Connections

  • The Malacca Sultanate

  • Exchange in East Asia

Early Modern Africa and the Wider World

  • The Roots of African Trade

  • The Roots of African Trade

  • The Songhai Empire

  • The Swahili Coast

  • The Trans-Saharan Slave Trade

The Islamic World

  • A Connected Islamic World

  • The Ottoman Empire

  • The Safavid Empire

Foundations of the Atlantic World

  • The Protestant Reformation

  • Crossing the Atlantic

  • The Mercantilist Economy

  • The Atlantic Slave Trade

Colonization and Economic Expansion

  • European Colonization in the Americas

  • The Rise of a Global Economy

  • Capitalism and the First Industrial Revolution

Revolutions in Europe and North America

  • The Enlightenment

  • The Exchange of Ideas in the Public Sphere

  • Revolutions: America, France, and Haiti

  • Nationalism, Liberalism, Conservatism, and the Political Order

Revolutions in Latin America

  • Revolution for Whom?

  • Spanish North America

  • Spanish South America

  • Portuguese South America

Expansion in the Industrial Age

  • The Second Industrial Revolution

  • Motives and Means of Imperialism

  • Colonial Empires

  • Exploitation and Resistance

Life and Labor in the Industrial World

  • Inventions, Innovations, and Mechanization

  • Life in the Industrial City

  • Coerced and Semicoerced Labor

  • Communities in Diaspora

  • Regulation, Reform, and Revolutionary Ideologies

The War to End All Wars

  • Alliances, Expansion, and Conflict

  • The Collapse of the Ottomans and the Coming of War

  • Total War

  • War on the Homefront

  • The War Ends

The Interwar Period

  • Recovering from World War I

  • The Formation of the Soviet Union

  • The Great Depression

  • Old Empires and New Colonies

  • Resistance, Civil Rights, and Democracy

The Causes and Consequences of WW II

  • An Unstable Peace

  • Theaters of War

  • Keeping the Home Fires Burning

  • Out of the Ashes

Cold War Conflicts

  • The Cold War Begins

  • The Spread of Communism

  • The Non-Aligned Movement

  • Global Tensions and Decolonization

  • A New World Order

The Contemporary World and Ongoing Challenges

  • A Global Economy

  • Debates about the Environment

  • Science and Technology for Today’s World

  • Ongoing Problems and Solutions

Your Instructor

Brad Grecco

Brad Grecco

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