Course Descriptions

Contemporary World History is a survey course of the world from WWI through the turn of the 21st century. The course is designed to emphasize events that shaped our contemporary global society and challenge students to predict how the future will define our present era.

A guide demonstrates how soldiers could “disappear” from site into the intricate Cuci tunnel system outside of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The tunnels were one of many guirella style tactics employed by the Vietnamese to withstand almost forty years of continuous fighting against the French and then the US armed forces. The Vietnam War was one of several “hotspots” that erupted during the Cold War.

Contemporary Global Studies is a course designed to introduce students to the major trends effecting the world today. Students will investigate a variety of topics including culture, demographics, economics, urbanization, and environmental issues.

A man wearing only a gourd walks down a street in Wamena, West Papua, Indonesia next to a Toyota Kijang. It is pictures like this that should make us marvel at the diversity in our world and encourage exploration into the shaping mechanisms behind such diversity. This particular image inquires one to ask, as Jared Diamond’s (author of Guns, Germs and Steel) Papuan friend Yali once asked him – hey, why do you guys have all the stuff? Why indeed. It is questions like this that we wrestle with in CGS.

Modern World History presents events that helped shape the world from the Age of European Exploration to World War I. A key element of the discipline of history is linking the past and present. For example, when exploring the initial impact of the Old World biota on the New World and vice versa, a comparison can be made to the devastating effect of invasive species and biological pollution in our world today.

Water Buffalo – Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Plants and animals have had a huge impact on our world and continue to hold a very important place in shaping human activities and space.

Flood Work is a new section you need to check out if you have difficulty getting to school in the next week or so. Posted in this section (located on the right hand side of the home page under “Categories – New! Flood Work! Check it Out!”) will be outlines of what we did in class and what you can do at home to keep up with your classmates. I hope not many of you have to use this and I look forward to seeing you all back in school soon.

Flood update – it was great to see most of you back in school safe and sound. It looks like we will not have to use this section after all – at least for the time being. But I am going to keep it up as a reminder for whenever school is closed unexpectedly – you should look in the “Categories – New! Flood Work! Check it Out!” section for information.

An NJIS van slowly makes its way to school on the first day of the flood. By the end of the day the water on the street in front of NJIS was thigh (Mr. Duell’s thigh) high and only trucks and boats were able to make it down the street.


10 Responses to Course Descriptions

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