Modern Global History examines the major historical and social trends of the modern era in an attempt to understand the nature and origins of the 21st century world. A primary emphasis of the course is on considering those historical events and processes that have had a lasting impact on our present reality in order to help students make sense of the rapidly-changing world in which they live. Topics of emphasis in the fall and winter include the foundation of modern political systems and industrialization and their impact on changing gender roles and social hierarchies. In addition, we study the impact of evolving political and economic systems through a variety of voices in order to examine the spectrum of power and privilege throughout the world. Closing the winter term, we explore imperialism and world wars and their impact on the various peoples and nations. In the spring term, students will select a thematic area of emphasis in order to explore issues in the post-World War era.