Spring Semester Sophomore Choice

This course is a 10th Grade continuation of “The Modern World” and an alternative to “Europe Since 1945.”  Its emphasis is on global Cold War and post-Cold War politics with a focus outside the United States and Western Europe.  Topics include anti-colonial movements and decolonization, the spread of the European-style nation-state model to the decolonizing world, the legacy of European imperialism and the contest between capitalist and Communist forms of government in the post-colonial world, the fall of European Communism and effects on the rest of the world, 1990s genocides in Eastern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, post-Cold War globalization, and the rise of Islamism as an anti-globalist ideology.  Student learning will be assessed using a combination of quizzes, tests, and a guided final research paper.