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Global Perspectives on Industrialization

Purpose of Course  showclose

This course will focus on the emergence and evolution of industrial societies around the world.  We will begin by comparing the legacies of industry in ancient and early modern Europe and Asia and examining the agricultural and commercial advances that laid the groundwork for the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries.  We will then follow the history of industrialization in different parts of the world, taking a close look at the economic, social, and environmental effects of industrialization.  The course is organized chronologically and thematically.  Each unit will focus on key developments in the history of industry as well as on representative areas of the globe, using primary-source documents, secondary readings, and multimedia resources to illustrate the dynamic nature of industrial change.  By the end of the course, you will understand how industrialization developed, spread across the globe, and shaped everyday life in the modern era.

Course Information  showclose

Welcome to HIST363: Global Perspectives on Industrialization.  Below, please find general information on the course and its requirements.
Course Designer: Jonathan Robins and Andrew Ramey
Primary Resources: This course is composed of a range of free online materials; however, the course makes primary use of the following materials:
-Dr. Steven Kreis’ “The History Guide
-Yale University: Dr. John Merriman’s “European Civilization, 1648–1945 Lectures
-The Science Museum’s “Making the Modern World
-The PBS television program, “Commanding Heights
Requirements for completion: In order to complete this course, you will need to work through each unit and all of its assigned materials.  In addition to the assigned readings and lectures, you will need to complete 10 Saylor Foundation assignments, 1 per unit, and the Saylor Foundation’s HIST363 Final Exam.  Please note that while the 10 assignments will not be graded, the Final Exam will be graded and you must score 70% or higher on it to pass the course.
Time Commitment: It will take you about 94 hours to complete the entire course.  Each unit includes a “time advisory” that lists the amount of time you are expected to spend on each subunit.  You should use these time advisories to plan out how you will proceed through the course.  For example, Unit 1.3.2 on Karl Marx will take about 3 hours to complete.  You should consider making sure you can set aside enough time to complete each reading or subunit before you begin.  It helps to regularly schedule blocks of time for this course, such as setting aside a few hours every Tuesday and Thursday night.  If you can establish a regular pattern of reading, you will proceed smoothly through the course and be better able to retain what you have read.  If you can go through roughly one unit a week, you will be on an excellent pace.   
Tips/Suggestions: As you progress through the course, take notes on all the course material.  If you try to remember everything you read or hear, by the end of the course you will have forgotten valuable information.  The best way to succeed in this course is to stay organized.  You should consider obtaining a three-ring binder for this course and college ruled paper on which to take notes.  You should label each page of your notes at the top with the unit heading and title (e.g., Unit 1.1.1 The Industrial Revolution in England).  This will help you stay organized and it will be a handy reference to review before taking the final exam.  Good luck and enjoy the course!

Learning Outcomes  showclose

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify key ideas and events in the history of industrialization;
  • Identify connections between the development of capitalism and the development of modern industry;
  • Use analytical tools to evaluate the factors contributing to industrial change in different societies;
  • Identify the consequences of industrialization in the 19th and 20th centuries in different societies;
  • Critique historical interpretations of the causes and effects of industrialization; and
  • Analyze and interpret primary source documents describing the process of industrialization and life in industrial societies.

Course Requirements  showclose

In order to take this course, you must:

√    Have access to a computer.

√    Have continuous broadband Internet access

√    Have the ability/permission to install plug-ins (e.g., Adobe Reader or Flash) and software.

√    Have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer.

√    Have the ability to open Microsoft Office files and documents (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc.).

√    Have competency in the English language.

√    Have downloaded and installed the iTunes application.

    Have read the Saylor Student Handbook.

√    Have completed all courses in the Core Program of the History Discipline (HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, and HIST104).

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