World History: The Early Modern Period is a free micro Open Online Course (mOOC) designed for students who would like to learn more about the forces that shaped the modern world. This course will help you to:
- Understand the patterns of commerce that dominated in the 1600s.
- Examine how global trade during this period had major economic, political, social, cultural and ecological impacts.
- Learn about the rise of absolutism, how absolutist political system functioned and the challenges they experienced.
- Understand how colonialism developed.
- Explore how the Reformation challenged the hegemony of the Catholic church, and how the church responded.
- Learn about Islamic empires during this period, and how trade contributed to the spread of Islam.
- Reflect on the new ways of understanding the world that developed during the Enlightenment.
- Examine the origins, events and impacts of the American and French Revolutions.
- Consider how the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions helped create the modern world.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Understand the major factors that shaped world history during the early modern era.
- Think critically about how key developments functioned individually and in concert to create different outcomes.
- Assess the role of trade in contributing to religious, political, economic and cultural change.
- Understand the important role of religion in global affairs during this period.
- Identify the origins and assess the consequences of the political, scientific and industrial revolutions.
- Reflect on how European imperialism and the slave trade changed the face of the globe.
- Consider how the Enlightenment led to fundamentally different ways of conceptualizing society.