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John  Wagner
World History
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World History and Geography

Mr. Wagner

Fall Semester 2016


Course Description:  Students will study the rise of the nation state in Europe, the French Revolution, and the economic and political roots of the modern world. They will examine the origins and consequences of the Industrial Revolution, nineteenth century political reform in Western Europe, and imperialism in Africa, Asia, and South America. They will explain the causes and consequences of the great military and economic events of the past century, including the World Wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and the Russian and Chinese Revolutions. Finally, students will study the rise of nationalism and the continuing persistence of political, ethnic, and religious conflict in many parts of the world. Relevant Tennessee connections will be part of the curriculum, as well as appropriate primary source documents. Students will explore geographic influences on history, with attention given to political boundaries that developed with the evolution of nations from 1750 to the present and the subsequent human geographic issues that dominate the global community. Additionally, students will study aspects of technical geography such as GPS and GIS, and how these innovations continuously impact geopolitics in the contemporary world.


Course Outline:

1.      Age of Revolution (1750 - 1850)

2.      Industrial Revolution (1750 – 1914)

3.      Unification and Imperialism (1850 – 1914)

4.      World Wars (1914 – 1945)

5.      Cold War (1945 – 1989)

6.      Contemporary World Since 1989


Materials Needed:

1.      Three Ring Binder/Spiral Notebook

2.      Notebook Paper (college rule)

3.      One folder for writing assignments

4.      Pencils/Pen


Classroom Rules:

1.      Treat the instructor and fellow classmates with respect

2.      Be at your seat and ready to begin when the bell rings

3.      No food or drinks in class (water is acceptable)

4.      Refrain from talking when the instructor is

5.      No foul language

6.      No cell phones unless permission is given

Grading Procedures:

Grades will be taken frequently throughout the semester as a means to enable students to continuously improve their understanding and academic progress.


Daily Grades – 45%

·        Warm Up/Bell Ringer

·        Class Participation (taken daily)

·        Behavior grade (taken daily)

·        Group Activities

·        Writing assignments

·        Notebook completion


Quiz Grades – 20%


Test Grades – 25%


Midterm and Final – 10%



Absence Procedure: If you are absent (unexcused or excused) it will be your responsibility to obtain any missed assignments or quiz/tests in the time provided. For example, if you miss two days, then you will have two days to make up that particular assignment.


Grading Scale:

A = 93-100

B = 85-92

C = 75-84

D = 70-74

F = 0-69



Always remember that I am here to make sure you succeed in and out of the classroom. I will always give you my best and in return, I expect your best. If there is anything I can help you with please come by my room 106 or email me at: