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World History to 1700; Part I

Professor Zbysek Brezina, PhD
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(113)
World History to 1700 is an introductory course of human history around the globe.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
The class has two main goals. One is to provide you with a basic factual understanding of the development of human civilizations from their earliest beginnings until 1700.  Just as important, however, is the ability to use this information productively.  Thus, this class will also stress the ability to integrate the mass of factual data into some basic understanding of how the “modern” world arose, and of the issues which concern policymakers today.  In addition, the examinations are designed to develop the ability to think critically.  Rote memorization is not as important as the ability to produce and evaluate arguments based on historical evidence.  Please do not forget that the most effective learning occurs when you are actively involved. 

Dr. Brezina has taught world history at various university prep schools in Europe and the United States and as well as at several American colleges and universities.
Homework Offered
Every third week students will read one primary document related to our topic that we will discuss in class. I will add additional material (books, articles, documentary films, etc.) that will be optional sources of information for the students. The class will be a combination of engaging lectures and facilitated Socratic seminar-style discussions.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
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The study of world history deals with some sensitive topics in history such as slavery, racism, ethnic cleansing, and genocide.  I take great care to present the content in an age-appropriate manner.
There are many sources that are used for teaching the global past in this course. Dr. Brezina studied various primary and secondary sources (articles, book, dissertations, etc.) during his years as a teacher and professor of history that will allow him to interpret the world history objectively and address the full range of a variety of peoples' histories, including marginalized populations. For example, I will draw from two books, Patterns of World History by Peter von Sivers and Worlds of History Volume I: A Comparative Reader by Kevin Reilly, both of which are commonly used as objective and multi-cultural history textbooks in U.S. higher education. (However, Dr. Brezina does not require students to purchase or use these books.) 
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(113)
I have taught history and social studies for over twenty-five years at all levels, including elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. I have a Ph.D. in history from Boston University, and spent ten years as a tenure-track... 
Group Class


for 15 classes
1x per week, 15 weeks
50 min

Completed by 57 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-17
2-10 learners per class

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