Modern World History 9th-12th $125 (Leo)
This 2 semester class is paid by the semester.
Semester 2 is NOT a prerequisite of Semester 1. They can be taken independent of each other.
Recommended Ages 9th - 12th (or academically advanced 7th & 8th graders)
Duration 50 minutes: 2 - 12 week semesters / pay by the semester
Dates Semester 1: Thursdays, Sept 9, 2021 - Dec 2, 2021
Semester 2: Thursdays, Jan 13, 2022 - Mar 31, 2022
Time 11:00 - 11:50am
Location North Leo Mennonite Church 15419 State Road 1, Leo, IN 46765
Teacher Jenn MacDonald (260) 445-3838 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Description (See bottom of page)
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This course examines how the Modern World --- our world --- came to be. It looks at the revolutionary ideas that created, first in Europe and then the entire world, an understanding of man and his relationship to God, his community, and the state that was in many respects radically different from the understanding of these things that prevailed in the Middle Ages. Ideas influence deeds, and thus the course examines historical events, showing how they flowed from the struggle between those who held to traditional conceptions and those who embraced the new ideas. Events influence ideas, and thus we study how the events of history helped modify and develop both the new ideas and the traditional vision of the world.
As we explore the Renaissance, Protestant ideas will be contrasted with Catholic theology throughout in order to give the course a philosophical dimension in addition to the historical context the people of the time period would have been acutely aware of. Students will see how the ideologies of Protestantism affected the various nations of Europe politically and how many of the attitudes and assumptions of modernity are rooted in 16th and 17th century developments. Then, as Europe recovers from the age of the religious wars, advances in science and the opening up of the New World will lead to new challenges that will first strain and then finally break the old order of Christendom. Finally, students will become acquainted with the people, movements and events that have contributed to the formation of Modern Europe, defined as the period of the French Revolution to the present. Economic, political, military and ideological trends will be examined with an aim of helping students understand the problems of contemporary Europe and those areas once under European control.
This class will be mainly lecture based. The students will take notes and I will encourage lively discussions. There are a few quizzes along the way to keep them on their toes.
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