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CHY4U World History Since The 15th Century – Grade 12 (University)

Course Details

  • 4. Grade 12

PREREQUISITE: Any university, university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities

GRADE: 12 (University)

AVAILABILITY: Full-time – All Campuses, Private – All campuses, Blyth Academy Online

THE ONTARIO CURRICULUMCanadian and World Studies

Course Overview

CHY4U online traces major developments and events in world history since approximately 1450. Students will explore social, economic, and political changes, the historical roots of contemporary issues, and the role of conflict and cooperation in global interrelationships. In CHY4U online, students will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate key issues and ideas and assess societal progress or decline in world history.

The World Re-invented

Essential Question: How did innovations in science and exploration during the Renaissance shape and impact society?

In this unit, students will learn about the Renaissance. This period of time means rebirth and the term is used by scholars to refer to the time period from about 1400 to 1600 in Western Europe.

Contact and Conflict

Essential Question: How did contact between European explorers and Native Americans influence each other? What were the short and long term effects?

In this unit, students will learn about early voyages of exploration. From ancient times, Europeans had hypothesized about distant worlds. The Greeks speculated about Atlantis, Medieval maps placed Jerusalem at the centre and depicted a Garden of Eden at the edge of the known universe, along with references to heaven, hell, and strange lands on the borders of the Earth.

An Age of Enlightenment and Revolution

Essential Question: In what ways did the ideals of the Enlightenment encourage and support social change across the world?

In this unit, students will study the age of Enlightenment and Revolution. This period in Europe from the Peace of Augsburg in 1555 to the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 has been called the age of the religious wars. Conflicts arose between Protestants and Catholics, and sometimes Protestants and Protestants.

Industrialization, Liberalism, and Nationalism (1815-1871)

Essential Question: How did the rise of industrialism change the structure of society? What implementations during this period are relevant to us today?

In this unit, students will examine Industrialization, Liberalism, and Nationalism. This period began in Great Britain around 1750 passing through the Congress of Vienna in 1815 and ending in united Italy and Germany in 1871.

European Hegemony (1871-1914)

Essential Question: How was the shifting political landscape in 19th century Europe a contributing factor to World War One?

In this unit, students will explore European Hegemony. In this period, people accepted Newton’s vision of a harmonious machine-like universe, working according to laws that could be expressed in mathematical formulas. This gave birth to social philosophers in the nineteenth century who claimed to have discovered “scientific” socialism, and scholars who developed the “social sciences,” the systematic study of individual and social behaviour. The word “science” became synonymous with the idea of truth.

The World at War (1914-1945)

Essential Question: How did international allegiances change between 1914 and 1945?

In this unit, students will study the history of the first world war. World War I, known as the Great War, lasted until November 1918. The century that had started the French Revolution ended with unprecedented carnage, arresting the liberal optimism and the faith in progress that had dominated Western thinking since the Enlightenment. The Great War radically rearranged the map of Europe. By 1919, a host of new, independent states, supposedly based on the principle of nationality, had come into being.

The West and the World, From 1945

Essential Question: How can we solve and navigate through modern issues such as terrorism, immigration, threat of nuclear war, social movements etc. by investigating the past?

In this unit, students will examine the world from 1945 onwards. In this period, European states lost their centuries-old status as great colonial powers. Independence movements in the colonies forced the process of decolonization upon them. The Europeans often went reluctantly, and not without some vicious conflicts. Decolonization also had a powerful impact on domestic European politics. The emergence of Japan as a major industrial nation was also important for Europe and the West.

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