INTS 275: Special Topics

INTS 275-002: Our Integrative World
(Fall 2013)

09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR

Innovation Hall 215G

Section Information for Fall 2013

“I don’t know much about history, and I wouldn’t give a nickel for all the history in the world. It means nothing to me. History is more or less bunk." - Henry Ford, Interview in Chicago Tribune (1916). Almost a century later, many people still agree with Ford, seeing world history as irrelevant. But with twenty-first century globalization, it is imperative we examine connections between different eras and diverse cultures to better understand the commonality of human experience. Humans have an integrative history that transcends the histories of particular regions, nations, or ethnic groups. The complex interaction of world cultures necessitates a shared sense of humanity—of “global citizenship”. This course will follow the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century: from humankind’s adoption of agriculture, to the birth of cities, to the advent of globalization. We will take an interdisciplinary route on our journey, exploring history, philosophy, religion, economics, literature, and technology. “. . . there can be no common peace and prosperity without common historical ideas. Without such ideas to hold them together in harmonious co-operation, with nothing but narrow, selfish, and conflicting nationalist traditions, races and peoples are bound to drift towards conflict and destruction.” - H.G. Wells, The Outline of History (1920)

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-18

Studies topics of special interest to undergraduates. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lecture

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