HIST1400 Contemporary World History

This course explores topics of modern history from World War II to present.  Topics covered will include the following: the Cold War, social and economic patterns, peace initiatives, global terrorism, neo-imperialism, and decolonization.




Qualifying score on writing assessment test OR ENGL1021 and Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921. Basic computer skills recommended.

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Define historical terms and concepts
Identify contemporary historical topics from the United States’ perspective
Identify contemporary historical topics from a global perspective
Identify United States Cold War policies
Identify historical patterns of war
Categorize patterns of world power
Describe patterns of immigration and emigration
Describe patterns of political cultural change
Identify patterns of globalization

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty-two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE).  Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals.  Refer to the Course Credits section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details



MnTC Goal Areas:

5 & 8