The intention of this semester is to examine several major thematic topics in world history during the long Twentieth Century, including modernity, imperialism, the Cold War and decolonization. Emphasis will be placed on student research and investigative work. Further, students will be pushed to think critically about the historical events and ideas and determine the causes or constructs that led to the present. Assessment will rely on class participation, papers and projects. Finally, in pursuing this path, we will be meeting the Content Standards for World Studies as developed at IMSA.