World History

Syllabus 2016-17

Mr. Colby Cormack

Social Studies – Hanover, KS:

Modern World History

Contact Information:


Course Description:

The World History course covers the time period from around 1300 C.E. through the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The course will cover intellectual trends, revolutionary movements, social interactions, political ideologies, economic theories, and geographical impacts. Students will focus on critical events, people, and turning points during these centuries including the Renaissance, imperialism, and twentieth-century issues. The course will be rigorous and relevant with instruction that integrates thinking skills, historical processes, and content so that students are able to apply their learning to their own lives. Instruction will include the integration of concepts and principles from history, economics, geography, civics, and the humanities.


  1. Renaissance and Reformation (approx. 1300–1600)
  2. Exploration and Expansion (approx. 1450—1700)
  3. Changes in Europe (approx. 1550–1770)
  4. Revolution and Reform (approx. 1750–1850)
  5. Industrial Revolution (approx. 1750–1880)
  6. Nationalism and Imperialism (approx. 1800–1910)
  7. The World at War (approx. 1910–1950)
  8. Cold War and Beyond (approx. 1945–present)


1. Choices have consequences.

2. Individuals have rights and responsibilities.

3. Societies are shaped by beliefs, idea, and diversity.

4. Societies experience continuity and change over time.

5. Relationships between people, place, idea, and environments are dynamic.

Connect with Past Learning:

Students should possess a general understanding of World Geography and Ancient and Medieval Civilizations. Students will build on their prior knowledge of early civilizations, world religions, and the influence of the Middle Ages on the modern world leading to the start of the Renaissance. Students should briefly review the cultural heritage, political systems, and world views leading up to the Renaissance period. They should have experience with the Best Practices and Literacy Expectations and be able to integrate those into their own learning.

Class Expectations/Rules:

          All students are expected to be

  1. Polite (respectful of others and the learning process);
  2. Prompt;
  3. Prepared;
  4. Proud (always do your best and don’t cheat!); and

Students are encouraged to conference with the instructor at an appropriate time to discuss any problems or concerns they may be experiencing in class. 

Warning:  Cheating on a test or most of an assignment will result in:  (1) 1st offense – A “0” on the assignment; (2) 2nd offense – A referral, and a 10% reduction in your academic grade; and (3) 3rd offense – An “F” in this class.

Grading Policy:

Academic grades will be determined by a number of factors including: tests, classwork, homework, projects, written essays, oral presentations, participation in advisory period, etc.  Points will be earned by the students for each assignment, and grades will follow the school’s grading policy.  No notes or books can be used during a test.  Your Final Exam grade affects your overall grade as follows: an “A” on the Final Exam raises your grade by 5%; a “B” raises it by 3%; a “C” keeps your grade the same; a “D” lowers your grade by 3%; and an “F” lowers your grade by 5%. 

The teacher never gives students extra or “bail out” assignments to help them pass this class or improve their grade!

  • Any late work will be automatically docked 10%. You must clearly write “Late” at the top of the assignment or in the email if you are sending it electronically. If you do not and I have to find out you will lose 20%
  • If you were absent, you must clearly write “Absent” at the top of the assignment. If you do not, and I have to find out you, will lose 10%
  • Notes will be taken through Students will share their notes with their teacher so he can check their progress as they write and offer suggestions, critiques, guidelines, etc.
  • Bell Ringers will be done through as well. Days where we do not have a bell ringer should be marked as such on the document. If you are absent you need to get the bell ringer from a classmate. If this proves impossible please see me before or after school.


HW/Late Assignments:

*****If you are absent, make sure your absence is excused within 72 hours, get lecture notes (if any) from another student (NOT the teacher!) and any missing assignments from another student (ahead of time if possible) or make arrangements with the teacher.  If your absence is not officially excused within 72 hours of the date of your absence, no credit will be given for assignments given during your absence!  Excused late work will be accepted if you write “Absent” on your paper and turn it in no later than the number of days for which your absence was excused.  Excused late work may be graded or simply “excused” at the teacher’s discretion.****

Course Outline:

            Text: World History: Patterns of InteractionBeck, Black, Krieger, Naylor, and Shabaka. 2010

  1. Renaissance and Reformation (approx. 1300–1600)
    1. Chapter 17
  2. Exploration and Expansion (approx. 1450—1700)
    1. Chapter 18
    2. Chapter 19
    3. Chapter 20
  3. Changes in Europe (approx. 1550–1770)
    1. Chapter 21
    2. Chapter 22
  4. Revolution and Reform (approx. 1750–1850)
    1. Chapter 23
    2. Chapter 24
  5. Industrial Revolution (approx. 1750–1880)
    1. Chapter 25
  6. Nationalism and Imperialism (approx. 1800–1910)
    1. Chapter 26
    2. Chapter 27
  7. The World at War (approx. 1910–1950)
    1. Chapter 29
    2. Additional Reading
    3. Chapter 32
  8. Cold War and Beyond (approx. 1945–present)
    1. Chapter 33



            Students will develop a routine throughout the semester and the year that will help them to organize their work and how they approach it. I like to keep a routine that gives students an opportunity to catch up and feel comfortable with the pace the class is going. I will, however, occasional change the routine for structural and aesthetic purposes. The real world constantly balances the consistency and change and this class will reflect the same way.


*******************Syllabus Subject to Change at Instructors Discretion*****************