History is an attempt to understand the stories of the past.  We must not ignore dates and facts, but interpretations define the way we view the world around us.


Course Information:


Modern World Civilization


Hist 112.041L


Spring 2023      (13 week)


Tuesday/Thursday 11:10am -12:55pm


 Virtual - ZOOM

Instructor:                                                                                                Questions:


John (Kinch) Kincheloe

What is this Course?



What do I need to do?



How do I do Assignments?

Office Location:

LC 328                                    

What are the course rules?



What is a Virtual course?

Office Hours:  Listed on Home page (link)

Course Schedule:   World II schedule

What is this Course?


As the Modern Age dawned and global trade became the new standard that impacted all regions of the world.  Traditionally separated cultures were forced to interact economically, politically, spiritually and culturally.  This GLOBALIZATION will continue into the present and will bring prosperity, conflict, and cultural reorganization.   This course examines how these forces were embraced, rejected, and challenged in the wake of new IDEOLOGIES that spread along global trade routes

-By focusing on the expansion of free thought, new ideologies, and globalization, we will probe into the nature of human society as it acts and reacts to a rapidly changing world culture and economy. 

-  In this course you will be asked to question each other, the textbook, the primary sources, and even ME, so as to develop your own ideas.


By the end of the semester you should:

-Be able to explain how economic globalization reshaped societies and cultures around the world.
-Be able to explain how the power of, and opposition to, ideology and knowledge reshaped the world.

-Be able to devise original arguments about historical trends and events and prove them using both primary and secondary information.


Course Description and Objectives:  Stuff the college makes me include:

Surveys the history of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas from approximately 1500 CE through the present.

General Course Purpose HIS 112 surveys the general history of the world from approximately 1500 CE through the present and allows students to reach a basic understanding of the characteristic features of the world’s early historical development. Students will learn about important political, economic, social, intellectual, cultural and religious changes that shaped the world in this period of time. Connections and comparisons of human societies are made across space and time.

Course Objectives Upon completion the course, the student will be able to:
Written Communication
 • Express an understanding of forces that foster global connections among places, persons, groups, and/or knowledge systems through written activities.
Critical Thinking
• Explain human and social experiences and activities from multiple perspectives from 1500 CE through the present.
• Compare and contrast multiple perspectives or theories on global processes and systems throughout time. • Describe how global relations impact individual lives and the lives of others over time.
• Develop multiple historic literacies by analyzing primary sources of various kinds (texts, images, music) and using these sources as evidence to support interpretation of historical events.
The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries:
Suggested Context Trans-Oceanic and Trans-Continental Trade (ex. the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, Indian Ocean trade, Eurasian trade), Overseas Empires and Land-based Empires (ex. Spain, the Ottoman Empire, the Qing dynasty, Muscovy), The rise of the nation-state, Columbian Exchange, European Intellectual Movement
• Identify the causes of the rise of modern states.
• Analyze the development and impact of culture, economics, politics, society, technology, and religious and philosophical ideas.
• Compare and contrast global and trans-oceanic connections. • Analyze complex primary and secondary sources.
• Identify trans-global systems.
The Long Eighteenth Century:
Suggested Context The Enlightenment, The Age of Revolutions (ex. Latin America, Haiti, USA, France), Nationalism and national identities (ex. France, Latin America, North America, the Caribbean), The Qing Dynasty, • Identify the causes of the rise of modern states.
• Analyze the development and impact of culture, economics, politics, society, technology, and religious and philosophical ideas. • Compare and contrast global and trans-oceanic connections.
• Analyze complex primary and secondary sources. • Examine the origins of nationalism and national identities.
The Nineteenth Century:
Suggested Context The Race to Industrialization (ex. Europe, Asia, Latin America), Imperialism and Neo-Imperialism, Nationalism and national identities (ex. Italian and German unification), Resistance to Colonialism
• Analyze the development and impact of culture, economics, politics, society, technology, and religious and philosophical ideas.
• Compare and contrast global and trans-oceanic connections. • Analyze complex primary and secondary sources.
• Examine the causes of and impact of industrialization and imperialism.
• Examine the continuation and growth of nationalism and national identities.
The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries:
Suggested Context The World Wars, The Cold War, Anti-colonial movements (ex. India, China, Pan-Africanism, Latin America), Decolonization (ex. in Africa and Asia), Globalization
• Analyze the development and impact of culture, economics, politics, society, technology, and religious and philosophical ideas.
• Compare and contrast global and trans-oceanic connections. • Analyze complex primary and secondary sources.
• Examine movements of decolonization, liberation movements and resistance to imperialism.

NOTICE:Lectures may contain disturbing content, including, but not limited to: violence, sexual assault, war crimes, genocide, mental or physical illnesses or disabilities, discrimination or persecution on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and/or sexual orientation, etc. If you have been personally impacted by one or more of these topics and suffer from PTSD, please email the professor if you would like prior notification of lectures containing discussions of the effecting topics.


Recommended Co-requisites or Pre-requisites:

There are no pre-requisites, but this is a writing intensive course so an introductory English course is highly recommended.


OER Course Materials:

There are no books to purchase for this class.  All textbooks and monographs are free Open Online Resources linked below:
-Textbook=                        - Modern World History 

-Additional online materials will be made available via the Course Schedule.

-Tip= Use nightlight or nightshift screen setting to make reading online easier.  (How to turn off Blue Light-click here)

Lecture Textbook Review Materials (links) 

-Lecture Review Materials:    (This course is being built, materials will be posted as they become available.)  

    Powerpoint slides 1 (click here)           
Powerpoint slides 2 (click here)      Powerpoint slides 3 (click here)


Spring 2023  His 112  Course Schedule 


Class Date



Face-to-Face Meeting


Discussion Lead



(to be completed befor class)

Tuesday- Read textbook     
Thursday- Read primary sources

Week 1
(Jan. 31 Feb. 2)

Laying the Groundwork of Globalism:
  Age of Euro Exploration

Introduction Assignment

Read (Textbook)Introduction

Read Primary Sources

 -Columbus Letter (1494)

-List of Zheng He’s Expeditions (1431)

17th & 18th centuries                                          

Week 2
(Feb. 7 & 9)

Rise of European Colonial Powers:
Absolutism v Constitutionalism

Group 1 - Discussion


Read (Textbook):    Ch. 2 - Europe and Africa


Read Primary Sources

Week 3
(Feb. 14 & 16)

Stability and Change:
and the World

Read  (Textbook) Ch. 1 - Asia

Read Primary Source BOOK (read ahead of time) 
-Las Casas "Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies

Week 4
(Feb. 21 & 23)

The Atlantic World:
Africa, America, and the Slave Trade

Group 2
- Discussion

==Paper 1 Due==

Read (Textbook)Ch. 3- The Americas

Read Primary Sources

-Letters on the Slave Trade 1526  

-Abolition Speech 1789:(Recording)   (Transcript)

-Economic Defense of Slavery 1789

The Long 19th Century                                   

Week 5
(Feb. 28 & Mar. 2)

Age of Revolutions:
Enlightenment, Liberalism,
and the Americas


Group 3 -Discussion

Read  (Textbook):     Ch. 4

Read Primary Sources

-French Dec. of the Rights of Man and Citizen (1789) 

-The Haitian Declaration of Independence, (1804) 

-Act of Independence of the Yucatan Peninsula (1841) 

Week 6
(Mar. 7 & 9)

Industrial Revolution:

Capitalism and the new World Economy    1789-1815

Group 4 -Discussion

Midterm Exam
Review sheet
(click here)

Read  (Textbook):    Ch. 5 

Read Primary Sources

-"The Life of the Industrial Worker in England" (1832)

-Leeds Woolen Worker Petition,

-1786 Letter from Leeds Cloth Merchants,

Mar. 14-18 Spring Break

Week 7

 (Mar. 21 & 23)


  Africa and South East Asia

Group 5

Read  (Textbook):   Ch. 6

Read Primary Sources

-Letter from King Leopold II of Belgium on the Congo (1890)

-Excerpts from The Casement Report (1904)

-White Man's Burden

20th Century                                             

Week 8
(Mar. 28 & 30)

Europe ignites the World:

  Nationalism and the Great War

Group 1

 Annotated Bibliography due 

Read  (Textbook):    Ch. 7

Read Primary Sources:

--Excerpts from Communist Manifesto1848

-Fichte: To the German Nation 1806

-Deportation of Armenians from Zeitun, July 21, 1915

Week 9

(Apr. 4 & 6)

Communism, Fascism, and 

Group 2 -Discussion

==Paper 2 due==
(click here)

Read (Textbook):   Ch. 8

Read Primary Sources

-Mao Zedong, "What Is Guerrilla Warfare?" (1937) 

-Adolf Hitler, Excerpts from Speeches (1923, 1930, 1932)  

-Stalin's Purges, 1935

Week 10
(Apr. 11 & 13)

World War II


Group 3


Read  (Textbook):   Ch. 9

Read Primary Sources 

-Louise Yim on the Japanese Occupation of Korea (1951) 

-Elie Wiesel, Excerpts from Night (1960)

-Potsdam Declaration.

-General Farrell's Survey of Hiroshima

Week 11

(Apr. 18 & 20)

 The Cold War  

Group 4

Read (Textbook):     Ch. 10 &  Ch. 11

Read Primary Sources

-Winston Churchill, "Iron Curtain" Speech (1946)  

-Mohandas K. Gandhi, Excerpts from Hind Swarj (Indian Home Rule, 1910) 

-Sarojini Naidu, Excerpts from Several Speeches (1917, 1918, 1946)  

Week 12
(Apr. 25 & 27)

Globalization and Asian Expansion
1985 - Your Birth

5 -Discussion


Read (Textbook):   Ch. 12, Ch. 13 

Read Primary Sources

-World reactions to Sputniks
-von Braun to Johnson (4/29/1961)

-Testimonies From The Genocide In Rwanda, (1994)

Week 13

Final Exam = May 4, 10 am

Final Exam
Review sheet

Note: The instructor has the right to alter or change the course schedule at any time as he/she deems appropriate.


Grading Policy:

All assignments are graded on a 100 point scale and averaged accordingly to the percentages listed below.




Grading Scale


Participation/Group Presentations




Argumentative Papers (2)




Midterm & Final Exam




Research Project







59 and below


What do I need to do?


        Extra Credit Assignments (due by the end of Week 13) =    Digital History Project- check it out here.

                            Take a look and talk to Kinch if you are interested. 

What is a Virtual Course?

ZOOM Classes

Twice a week we will meet on Zoom.  Attendance is mandatory and you are expected to take an active part in Discussion & Interactive Lecture.
-- If able you should turn on your Camera and your Microphone during class and especially discussion segments to participate.

-- You will need to log on through Canvas directly, and check in on "Qwickley."

The class will typically consist of:

  -Story time  (15 min.)

    -Skill session  (15 min.)

    -Lecture  (30 min.)
    -Interactive lecture  (20 min.)

-Question?   (10 min.)
    -Business of the week  (10 min.)

    -Presentation  (10 min.)

    -Class discussion (All class & Breakout rooms)  (50  min.)

Minimum Technical Requirements and skills for Virtual Course:

Course includes both classroom (Zoom) and online meetings. Students must have access to a computer and a reliable high-speed Internet connection.
--Students must have a version or equivalent of "OfficeSuite," and have a basic working knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
--Students must store work on a cloud server such as Dropbox or Google Drive.  (A computer crash is not a valid excuse for late work.)

How do I do assignments?

Tree Preservation    This is a paperless course. 

- All additional readings, assignments, and course materials can be found here on my website kinchteach.com

-All assignments and quizzes need to be submitted in Canvas.

-All feedback will be given through Canvas.
-To access Canvas = Log in to “My NOVA”

Guidelines for Written Work 

Formatting: All Papers should be double spaced, using 12 point Calibri font, and one inch margins.  All papers must be word processed and submitted to Canvas as “doc,” “docx,” or “PDF.”      E-mail submissions will not be accepted.  

Style and Grammar: You must present your arguments in clear, concise, and grammatically correct English.  Make sure to proofread and use spell-check. For information on writing papers for this class, make sure to read Kinch’s writing guide (under course documents on BB.)  You also might want to consult the following handy websites:

o       NVCC Loudoun's Writing Center

o       Charlie Evans’ History Writing Center

Citations:  You MUST include a formal citation any time you refer to a specific passage in a text, even if you do not quote the text directly.  The required method for citing sources in this class is Chicago Style formatting for footnote citations.  According to this format, you “Insert Footnote” (under references) and enter the citation information as laid out in this link.

What are the course rules?

Late Assignments 

-Late papers will be accepted after the due date and time for half credit, as long as they are submitted before the final class period of the term.

-Discussion, Quizzes, Participation, and Presentation assignments will only be accepted during the week they are due.

-All assignments should be stored on a cloud server and submitted online.  Excuses such as “my dog ate my homework” and “my computer crashed” are no longer valid.

Exams and Make-Up Exams

For exam sessions, make-ups will not be given other than in the case of a genuine emergency with appropriate documentation (ie, emergency room documents, court summons, etc.)  Missing class due to "not feeling well," not being able to get a ride, having to work, and the like are not genuine emergencies.


Presentation / Video feedback will be posted within a couple days. 

Papers and Exams will be graded and posted within two weeks of their due date, in order to give more detailed feedback.

Attendance Policy: 

Absences, Late arrival, and leaving early will affect a student’s grade due to the student not being able to participate in class/group discussions. Students missing more than thirty percent of the scheduled classes without an excused absence from the professor will receive ZERO points for the class participation grade. Class absence does not excuse a student from meeting assignment due dates

Academic Dishonesty: 

Academic Dishonesty will not be tolerated.

Students involved in cheating will receive a grade of “0” on the activity during which cheating occurred and particularly flagrant or obviously intentional instances of cheating or plagiarism will result in a grade of "F" for the course.  In addition the student will be reported to the Dean of Students for further disciplinary action.

**Please read the section titled Student Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities:  F. Academic Dishonesty in the Student Handbook.


Academic dishonesty, as a general rule, involves one of the following acts:

         1.       Cheating on an examination or quiz; including the giving, receiving, or soliciting of information and the unauthorized use of notes or other materials.

        2.       Plagiarism - This is the act of appropriating passages from the work of another individual, either word for word or in substance, and representing them as one’s own work. This includes any submission of written work other than one’s own.

-Please note that even copying a sentence or two from another source without citing it is enough to trigger a plagiarism penalty.  Likewise, changing a word here or there from content which you copy is plagiarism.  Your work should be entirely in your own words except for the passages which you quote and appropriately cite. All of your papers for the class will be checked for plagiarism by SafeAssign software.

Be aware of the following:

- Internet-enabled devices, dictionaries and/or calculators are prohibited during testing.

- If you need to leave the room during testing, for whatever reason, your test will be collected immediately for grading without any additional time for more work on the test or quiz.


Instructor/Student Communications Policy:

The primary means of communication outside the classroom between the Instructor and the student is via Canvas Announcements and e-mail. Students should check Canvas and their e-mail daily for any Instructor communications. Failure to do so is not an excuse for missed/late assignments or exams. The Instructor turn-around time to respond to e-mails is 24-to-48 hours Monday through Friday.

Instructors receive a significant number of e-mails from students over the course of the semester. To specifically identify the course in which the student is enrolled, all e-mail from the student must include the course and section number (e.g., ACC211-000) in the Subject of the e-mail.


I will email you at the email address on my class list which is your VCCS email address. If you do not check this address frequently, I would recommend you set it up for automatic forwarding to an email address you do check more frequently. When emailing the instructor, always send email from your VCCS email address.


Student Professionalism

Please be considerate. Disruptive behavior, on the ground and online, will not be tolerated.  Private conversations during lecture or class discussions, ringing mobile phones, texting, sleeping, or walking into class late or out of class early all distract and disturb your instructor and your classmates, and will count against your participation grade.  Repeated instances of rude behavior will result your removal from the classroom.  

--All students are considered adults and will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Please read the section titled Student Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities:  B. Student Conduct in the Student Handbook.


College Policies =

Refer to the "College Policies" tab on CANVAS Course page for:

Academic Integrity Policy / Closing Information (weather) / Communication (e-mail) / Course Drop/Withdrawal Policy /        Disabilities and Accommodations / Emergency Preparedness / Financial Aid / Wellness and Mental Health


Financial Instability

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                        ------Note: The instructor has the right to alter or change the course and course schedule at any time as he deems appropriate.-------

 contact: jkincheloe@nvcc.edu