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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). Click here for an informative video of the courses. 

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

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

(30 students per section)

MMW15 (4 units)

Twentieth Century and Beyond

Spring, Summer & Global Seminars

 

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 revolutionary changes occurring from the late Seventeenth Century to the era of the Russian Revolution and considers the global impact of those changes. Topics include the Enlightenment and Atlantic revolutions, industrialization and its environmental impact, the rise of nationalism and the nation-state, mass politics, imperialism and resistance, the colonial experience.  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). Click here for an informative video about the transfer sequence. 

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 

 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 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.