The intention of this course is to examine several major thematic topics in World History during the long Twentieth Century. This broad array of possible topic ideas include modern ideologies, imperialism and nationalism, war and peace, decolonization and the Cold War. 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.