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Making of the Modern World

MMW courses are taught during the academic year and summer.   

For Students Entering as Freshmen: MMW11-15

MMW is a five-course, lower-division sequence for students entering as freshmen (MMW11 – MMW15). 

MMW SEQUENCE (MMW11-15)

MMW Course & Units

Terms Taught

Course Format

MMW11 (4 units)

Human Origins and

Ancient Foundations

  Fall

Faculty-taught lectures & one TA-led discussion section weekly

(30 students per section)

MMW12 (6 units)

Classical and Medieval Traditions

to 1200CE

  Winter

Faculty-taught lectures & two TA-led discussion sections weekly

(15 students per section)

MMW13 (6 units)

New Ideas and Cultural Encounters

13th – 18th Century

  Spring

MMW14 (4 units)

Revolution, Empire, Industry

18th – 20th Century

Fall, Winter, Summer, & Global Seminars Abroad

Faculty-taught lectures & one TA-led discussion section weekly

(30 students per section)

MMW15 (4 units)

Twentieth Century and Beyond

Spring, Summer & Global Seminars Abroad

 

MMW 11: Pre-history and Ancient Foundations (4 credits) (Fall Quarter)
MMW 11 explores human origins, the development of social organization, the strategies early peoples and societies used to negotiate their physical and social environments, and the rise of the ancient world’s classical traditions (to ca. 100 BCE). Open to Eleanor Roosevelt College students only. Students may not receive credit for both MMW 1 and MMW 11. Must be taken for a letter grade to meet the requirement. 

MMW 12: Classical and Medieval Traditions(6 credits) (Winter Quarter)
Covering ca. 100 BCE to 1200 CE, MMW 12 examines the development of classical empires from China to the West, their collapse, and their transformation into distinct medieval forms. It also examines the rise and spread of Christianity, Islam, and Mahayana Buddhism. Prerequisites: satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing Requirement. Students may not receive credit for both MMW 12, which is the first writing-intensive six-credit course in the new MMW sequence, and MMW 2, which was the first writing-intensive course in the original MMW sequence. Must be taken for a letter grade to meet the requirement. 

MMW 13: New Ideas and Cultural Encounters (6 credits) (Spring Quarter)
MMW 13 provides a framework for understanding developments in the global past from 1200CE to 1750CE and the transition from the medieval to the early modern world. This course is the second of two writing-intensive quarters in the MMW sequence. Prerequisites: completion of MMW 12 or MMW 2. Open to Eleanor Roosevelt College students only. Students may not receive credit for MMW 13, which is the second writing-intensive six-credit course in the new MMW sequence, and MMW 3, which is the second writing-intensive six-credit course in the original MMW sequence. Must be taken for a letter grade to meet the requirement. 

MMW 14: Revolution, Industry and Empire (4 credits) (Fall & Winter Quarters, Summer Session)
This course examines the great changes in European society occurring from the late Seventeenth Century to the time of the Russian Revolution and considers the impact of those changes on the non-Western world. Topics include absolutist states and the Enlightenment, the French and American revolutions, industrialization, the rise of nationalism and the nation-state, mass politics, Western imperialism, and the colonial experience. Developments in non-Western countries during this period will be examined from their own internal perspectives. Prerequisites: completion of MMW 12 or MMW 2; and completion of MMW 13 or 3; open to Eleanor Roosevelt College students only. Students may not receive credit for both MMW 14 and MMW 5. Must be taken for a letter grade to meet the requirement. 

MMW 15: Twentieth Century and Beyond (4 credits) (Spring Quarter, Summer Session)
The course begins with a consideration of the causes and consequences of World War I, and then looks at the post-war crisis of liberal values and institutions. It addresses the deepening of that crisis in the 1930s, especially evident in the emergence of ideological politics and extreme nationalism in the context of world-wide depression. That period provides the background for understanding World War II. Attention is then devoted to the Cold War, the competition between capitalism and communism, and the process of decolonization. The course ends with a discussion of the collapse of communism and the emerging world order (or disorder). Prerequisites: completion of MMW 12 or MMW 2; and completion of MMW 13 or MMW 3; open to Eleanor Roosevelt College students only. Students may not receive credit for both MMW 15 and MMW 6. Must be taken for a letter grade to meet the requirement. 

For Transfer Students: MMW121-122

MMW is a two-course, upper-division sequence for transfer students (MMW121 – MMW122).

MMW TRANSFER SEQUENCE (MMW121-122)

Course and Units

Terms Taught

Discussion Section

MMW121 (4 units)

Exploring the Pre-Modern World

Fall, Summer

Faculty-taught lectures & one TA-led discussion section weekly

(30 students per section)

 

MMW122 (4 units)

Exploring the Modern World

Winter, Summer, & Global Seminars Abroad. Transfer students may substitute any MMW Global Seminar abroad for MMW 122. 

MMW 121: Exploring the Pre-Modern World (Transfer Students only) (4 credits) (Fall Quarter, Summer Session)
MMW 121, the first of two required courses for ERC transfer students, addresses themes and topics from the pre-modern world (from antiquity to the eighteenth century) and strengthens students’ analytical, research, and writing skills. Prerequisites: open to Eleanor Roosevelt College transfer students only. Must be taken for a letter grade to meet the requirement. 

MMW 122: Exploring the Modern World (Transfer Students only) (4 credits) (Winter Quarter, Summer Session)
MMW 122, the second of two required courses for ERC transfer students, addresses themes and topics from the modern world (from the eighteenth century to the present) and strengthens transfer students’ analytical, research, and writing skills. NOTE: In place of MMW 122 you may take either MMW 14GS (Global Seminar) or MMW 15GS. Prerequisites: open to Eleanor Roosevelt College transfer students only. Must be taken for a letter grade to meet the requirement. 

MMW Serves

MMW Serves is a service experience embedded within the Making of the Modern World general education world history and culture program. MMW Serves combines academic preparation, experiential learning, and volunteer service during Spring break. Students will enroll in a 4-unit specially-designed MMW 14 or 122 course during Winter quarter and then embark on a domestic service trip during Spring Break. Please visit MMW Serves for more information. 

This is a an approved Global Service Gold Activity for the 
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MMW Global Seminars

Eleanor Roosevelt College students study abroad more than students from any other college at UC San Diego.  A primary reason for this is the Making of the Modern World, which encourages students to explore and engage the world beyond the familiar to increase knowledge and foster stronger cross-cultural understanding. 

MMW also leads its own programs abroad, called Global Seminars, which have been taught on every continent, except Antarctica. Each Summer MMW offers up to 4 Global Seminars abroad.  These are faculty-led 5-week long summer programs, which combine two courses for 8-units total, and fulfill MMW14 or 15 requirements or the MMW122 requirement for transfer students, as well as other general education or graduate requirements.  

MMW Global Seminars deliver deeply enriching opportunities in a small learning environment, with each program limited to 28 students.  

To learn more, review the MMW or UC San Diego Study Abroad websites or reach out directly to the MMW office.   

MMW Learning Objectives

MMW will prepare students to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the global past and its impact on the present and the historical and multi-cultural diversity that has shaped the modern world 
  • Assess differing interpretations of the past  
  • Demonstrate proficiency in formulating a thesis 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in structuring and presenting an effective argument in academic writing 
  • Critically analyze, effectively utilize, properly cite historical evidence in argumentative writing
  • Understand and adhere to UCSD standards of academic integrity
  • Demonstrate competency in critically engaging and analyzing course content in discussion section 
  • Engage in experiential activity related to the academic dimension of the MMW program, including study abroad, service programs, internships, etc.

Undergraduate Writing Showcase Awards

Every year, in what we call the MMW Writing Showcase, the MMW Program honors the best papers written for the course during the preceding academic year. TAs who teach MMW 12 through MMW 15 and MMW121 and 122 nominate students who they think have written papers that combine excellent scholarship on important and intriguing topics with clear and engaging writing. It is quite an accomplishment to be a Showcase honoree: of the more than four thousand papers written every year for MMW, fewer than one hundred are selected to be Showcase honorees. The authors of these outstanding papers—the Showcase writers—each receive a certificate that expresses our admiration for their work and attests to their achievement.

TA Excellence Award


2018-19
Patrick Adamiak
Sky Johnston
Joel Palhegyi
Baris Tasyakan

2017-18
Amy O'Keefe
Johanna Peterson 

2016-17
Alex Stewart
Mishal Miller-Sisson

2015-16
Sowparnika Balaswaminathan
Logan Green