World History: The Big Picture

World History: The Big Picture
6 sessions, 9 hours

Any other history you may have studied will make more sense when you understand the fundamental overarching concepts that become clear with a “big picture” perspective. Based on the book, This Fleeting World – A Short History of Humanity by David Christianson, this discussion-oriented course offers a global view of human history in one sweeping 250,000 year panorama.

Topics include: the engine that drives human history, how the adoption of agriculture led to the modern world, global differences in change and advancement, the rise and fall pattern of states, and the path of knowledge from the ancient to the modern world. This unique approach to history provides a context and framework into which all other studies of history fit.

Instructor: Ernest O’Rourke was a writer and team member for the World History for Us All curriculum project, working with David Christian author of Maps of Time and This Fleeting World as well as a number of other leading scholars in the field of World History. Ernie taught middle school in Montgomery County for 32 years.

ILR812 World History: The Big Picture
4-digit #: 6099
Fridays, 10:00– 11:30, Oct. 7 – Nov. 11
Location: FCC Conference Center/E106
Tuition: $23 Fee: $75 Total: $98
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only: $75

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