Curriculum · Bachelor of Pedagogy

Description of academic subjects

Subject:

History of the World

[T21]   Hours: 225    ECTS: 9    Exam: in 1st Yr 

Study modules in the 1st year (225 hours).

 

In the modules, students will:

  • connect the past and the present across social classes and continent
  • develop a coherent understanding of the driving forces that shape history
  • learn about different views on history

More about the subject

 

Of course, this subject is too big to grasp in its entirety in the short time allocated for it. Therefore, we omit the history of the planet, the history of the origin of life and the history of the universe surrounding the planet. We include only the history of man, and we do so sporadically. Our main focus, which is yours too, is meant to be only a couple of hundred years deep, counting thus only a second of historic time of the planet and our solar system.

In spite of that, we start our history of the world with a view, dating from the roaming hominids, 100,000 years back, only to land among the first consciously farming hominids the Cro-Magnon. They ousted their older tribe, the Neanderthals, exactly by being farmers and not only hunters and gatherers. This happened 40,000 years ago.

The Neanderthals were stronger and bigger, but they disappeared suddenly because of not being farmers. Our subject soon narrows its scope, hurrying on to the triangle slave trade and onward to the imperial colonies and their liberation wars.

 

Fast forward to the 20th century

The sombre history of the 20th century is a sorry one and a bloody one and a technological one, and it is one about a successful species of humankind having more than tripled in number from a little more than 2 billion to more than 7 billion; it is one of construction and destruction, and that same history is one to believe, because it is so filled with items, such as airplanes and Internet, and one to disbelieve, because it is so filled with horror, such as concentration camps, mass hunger among The Poor, and permanent wars, presented as wars for the sake of peace.

The first decade of the 21st century already has history to defend in the shape of gruesome wars, fought by the USA and its allies against several Middle Eastern countries or, if you so wish, fought by terrorists against civilisation.

 

The most important century in World history

For demographic reasons alone, we have good reason to stress the 20th century as the most important in the history of the world. We might be justified by pointing to the last 50 years as the most important in the history of the world. During these 50 years, the numbers of humankind jumped from 3 billion to 7 billion and counting.

The natural environment of the planet, so well suited for life, is shaking under the burden of such growth, because man is a producer while he is also a consumer, he is a polluter while he is also a constructor, he is a ruthless user of natural resources while he is also a creator of great art, and he has a proven record of being very able in scientific exploration and also of spending the proceeds of such exploration in the name of ideologies, men against other men.

 

Meeting the Other

It is a new truth among humankind that knowledge about the Other has become a global matter. Before the 20th century, the Other was either a neighbour or a rumour about exotic strangers. Still you can find countries in which the people know very little about the Other in the global sense of our modern time.

Knowledge about the history of the world might be available, might be taught in schools and might be happening right in front of the eyes of also the present generation of grown-ups. But the skyrocketing hurry with which the population of man on this planet has grown simply does not allow for knowledge to spread among the billions of newcomers, in spite of it being available and being communicated by many means.

 

A foundation for an Open Future

This subject is designed as a foundational building block for the student teacher as for the modern citizen, and as an of course for the intellectual. It opens its gates for research, for action research and for actions on behalf of its issues as well.

The reason for including this subject is OPEN FUTURE. The reason for this inclusion should also refer to the global character of history written in modern times, and with a view to the general political wish and possible duty of the intellectual of influencing Open Future.

We have included the History of the World as a showcase, in which a delicate balance between great possibilities and dire threats of self-destruction not just appeals to but, as an ethical and political must, demands from the intellectual to take a stand and to place his weight behind historic changes away from destruction towards making all the modern possibilities for happiness and prosperity available for all.

That is where Open Future and the intellectual have their meeting place in the 21st century.

 

 

 

At our teacher training college theoretical knowledge
is blended with hands-on experiences.

We emphasise a learning by doing approach
and practice community living.

Our aim is to train progressive teachers who can respond to the challenges of our time.

What is ECTS?
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme of study.
Its aim is to facilitate the recognition of study periods undertaken by mobile students through the transfer of credits.

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