INW200 - World Civilizations: 16th Century to Modern Times

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Subject Title
World Civilizations: 16th Century to Modern Times

Subject Description
Students in INW200 will develop a broad understanding of world civilizations that have contributed to our sense of world history. Students will explore the development and interactions of various societies over time by examining world historical processes and using a range of disciplinary approaches (i.e. history, philosophy, sociology, art history, etc.). In INW200 students will discover how this complex tapestry of narratives has culminated in our modern understanding of the world as a global village.

Credit Status
Required Humanities course for students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program; also a Liberal Studies Option (LSO) for Seneca degree students.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze the meaning and context of historical documents.
  2. Identify and define the ideas, values, and customs of major world civilizations.
  3. Identify and define key terms related to the history of world civilizations.
  4. Develop writing ability in a variety of academic formats (book reviews, short essays, research essays, etc.).
  5. Analyze and understand ideas in their historical context.
  6. Differentiate and evaluate historiographic approaches to history writing.
  7. Explain the dynamics of change and continuity across the breadth of world history and the causes and processes involved in major changes of these dynamics.
  8. Analyze patterns and impacts of interaction among major societies, including diplomacy, war, and trade.
  9. Explain the impact of technology and demography on people and the environment, including subset concerns such as population growth and decline, disease, human migration, and agriculture.
  10. Compare systems of social structure and gender structure and assess changes among different societies.
  11. Differentiate changes in the function and structure of governments, types of political organizations, and political ideologies.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

INW100 or permission of the coordinator

Topic Outline

  • Doing History/Defining Civilization
  • The Age of European Exploration and Colonization
  • Colonial America
  • The Scientific Revolution & Religion
  • The Atlantic Revolutions
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • The New European Imperialism
  • Traditional Societies, 1800-1914: China, Japan & the Ottoman Empire
  • A Century of Conflict: The First and Second World Wars
  • Marxism in Europe & the World
  • Modern Women
  • Decolonization: India & Africa
  • Economic & Environmental Globalization


Mode of Instruction
In Class: Weekly lecture and tutorial; group discussions; student-centred learning activities; online assignments.

On Line: 
All class work is completed in a fully online environment.

*Students interested in pursuing online courses must have strong time management skills and regular access to a home or office computer with an Internet connection and web access.

Prescribed Texts
Strayer, Robert W.  Loose-leaf Version of Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources, Volume 2, Latest Edition Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Reference Material
Diane Hacker and Nancy Sommers, A Pocket Style Manual, 6th ed. (Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2012).               

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Quizzes (4x5%) 20% Assignments 20%
Assignments (2x10%) 20% Source Essay 35%
Mid Term Test 20% Peer Editing 5%
Short Paper 15% Movie Review 10%
Final Exam 25%     World Building Assignment 30%   

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more. It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions. As students are being graded on form as well as content, marks may be lost for poor organization of ideas and errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood